CHATHAM – With one week left before nominations for the annual town election close, there are candidates for every position on the ballot, but as of early this week no contested races.
Planning Board Chairman Peter Cocolis became the latest to join the slate of candidates, taking out nomination papers for the one-year term on the board of selectmen left vacant by the resignation of Amanda Love. Cocolis was unavailable for comment early this week.
Board of selectmen incumbents Cory Metters, the current chairman, and Dean Nicastro have returned papers to run for another three-year term.
Candidates have emerged for the two Chatham seats up for election on the Monomoy Regional School Committee. Jo-anne Sheehan, who was appointed to the panel late last year following the resignation of Karen Ryder, has taken out papers for the three-year seat on the board. Incumbent Stephen Davol is not running for that seat. Joseph Auciello has taken out papers for Ryder's one-year unexpired term.
William Litchfield has also taken out papers for another three-year term as moderator, and Priscilla Ford has taken out papers for another five-year term on the housing authority.
Signed nomination papers must be returned to the town clerk's office by Thursday, March 29. For those not currently registered, the last day to register to vote in the election and May 14 annual town meeting is Tuesday, April 24. The town clerk's office will be open until 8 p.m. that evening to accommodate late registrations.