It looks like it will be a race after all.
With the deadline for applications past, five candidates have stepped forward as potential trustees for the municipal election this spring: incumbents Luis Yllanes, Erica Sparhawk, Heather Henry and challengers April Spaulding and Lani Kitching. Frosty Merriott, the longest serving member of the current board, is term limited.
In an unusual turn of events, none of the defending incumbents — except for Mayor Dan Richardson, who will run unopposed — have been through the trustee election process before. Each were appointed to fill vacancies in the last two years, resulting in an unusually high number of positions up for election in 2018. To balance things going forward, the three top voter-earners will serve four year terms, while the next-to-last will serve a two year term.
It’s a lighter turnout than the municipal last election, in which now-senior trustees Ben Bohmfalk and Marty Silverstein and pre-mayoral candidate Richardson came out on top in a field of eight. It’s more comparable to 2014, in which four candidates pursued three seats.
The election will also contain a proposal to renew the Town’s streetscape tax at its current rate.
Ballots will be mailed on March 13 and can be returned at any time through April 3 in a secure and monitored box outside the Town Hall.