LACONIA — Five of the six incumbent city councilors — Ava Doyle (Ward 1), Henry Lipman (Ward 3), Brenda Baer (Ward 4), Bob Hamel (Ward 5) and Armand Bolduc (Ward 6) — this week confirmed that they intend to seek re-election while David Bownes (Ward 2) said that he will "probably" seek another another term.
Mayor Ed Engler, who was first elected in 2013, said that he will run for a second term.
The filing period for the November municipal election will open at the City Clerk's Office on Wednesday morning and close on Friday, August 14 at 4:30 p.m. A primary election will be held on September 8 only in instances where more than two candidates filed for the same position.
Four of the six City Council incumbents have served for a decade or more. Lipman, Baer and Hamel were first elected in 2005 and have each served five terms. Bolduc, who is serving his 15th term, when asked if he will run again, replied "I'll walk". Doyle, who was first appointed to complete the unexpired term of Greg Knytych in 2010, has twice been elected to the council and will be running for her third full term. Bownes, who served on the council in the 1990s, was elected again in 2013.
Four of the seven seats on the School Board, where members serve staggered terms, are on the ballot this year. Three of the four incumbents are seeking re-election. Malcolm Murray, who has served two terms in Ward 1, will run for what he said would be his last term. In Ward 2, Barbara Luther, who was appointed to complete the unexpired term of Beth Arsenault, will seek election to the seat. And Michael Persson will bid for a second term as the at-large member of the board.
Joe Cormier, who has represented Ward 6 for four terms and chaired the board for the past four years, said that he will not seek another term.
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