LACONIA — Although the mayor, six city councilors, two members of the Police Commission and four members of the School Board will be chosen at today's municipal election, there are only five contested races on the ballot, with the match between the four candidates vying for two seats on Police Commission the only contest on the ballot in all six wards.
There are races for two of the six City Council seats, both of them rematches. In Ward 2, David Bownes, the incumbent, is challenged by Richard Beaudoin, whom he defeated to win the seat in 2013. In Ward 6, Armand Bolduc, who is seeking his 16th term on the council, faces Tony Felch for the third time.
Incumbent Mayor Ed Engler and councilors Ava Doyle (Ward 1), Henry Lipman (Ward 3), Brenda Baer (Ward 4), and Bob Hamel (Ward 5) are all running unopposed.
The lone contested race for the School Board is in Ward 2, where incumbent Barbara Luther, who was appointed to fill the vacant seat last year, is challenged by James McCoole.
Incumbent Malcolm Murray (Ward 1), Heather Lounsbury, a newcomer running to fill the seat in Ward 6 opened by the retirement of Joe Cormier, and Michael Persson, the incumbent at-large member, are all unopposed.
Incumbent Doug Whittum is joined by three newcomers — Tom Tarr, Jonathan Muller and Michael Gagnon — in the contest to fill two of the three seats on Police Commission.
The polling station in Ward 1 is at the Belknap County Nursing Home, 30 County Drive; in Ward 2 at the St. Andre Bessette Parish Hall, 31 Gilford Ave.; in Ward 3 at Laconia Middle School, 150 McGrath St.; in Ward 4 at the New Covenant Church at the Memorial Park Clubhouse; in Ward 5 at Woodland Heights Elementary School, 225 Winter St. Extension; and Ward 6 at the Leavitt Park Clubhouse, 334 Elm St.
The polls will be open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.
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