Hudson solidifies municipal election ballot

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Hudson solidifies municipal election ballot
Hudson’s Town Hall is viewed from Pope Hill near downtown. (Photo by/Dakota Antelman)

HUDSON – The candidate list for this year’s Hudson municipal election is set. 

With the deadline to pull and return papers to get on the ballot now passed, this election is setting up a situation for voters to welcome a handful of newcomers into multiple positions in town government. 

Select Board 

Filings shared by the Town Clerk’s office on Tuesday show that Select Board member Fred Lucy did not pull or return papers prior to the Monday deadline, meaning he will not be on the ballot this year. 

That leaves incumbent James Quinn and current Finance Committee member Judy Congdon running for two open seats on the board. 

Arthur Redding, who had pulled papers in late January, did not return them prior to this week’s deadline.

Lucy has spent parts of four decades in town government, serving on the School Committee beginning in 1995. He was elected to what was then the Board of Selectmen in 2000 and remained in that role until 2009, when he opted to not run for re-election. 

Lucy was back just three years later, though, winning a race to fill a one-year vacancy on the board in 2012. He’s since won re-election in 2013, 2016 and 2019.

As Lucy takes a step back, Quinn seeks re-election this year nearly a decade after he won his way onto the Board of Selectmen in 2013. 

Congdon, meanwhile, announced her candidacy in January. She spent more than a decade as a Hudson firefighter beginning in 2001, before being appointed to the Finance Committee.

School Committee

Two people will vie for two seats on the School Committee. 

But incumbent Ilan Levine won’t be one of them after he opted to not pull or return papers prior to this year’s deadline. 

Levine earned a one-year seat on the committee in an uncontested race last year, doing so while he was still a student at Hudson High School.

Levine spoke with the Community Advocate shortly after his election, detailing some of his motivations for running. 

“There really seemed to be a need in the community for a true student voice on the school committee,” he said at the time. 

While Levine won’t be on the ballot this spring, fellow incumbent Steven Smith will be. He’s joined by Christopher Monsini.

Craig Martin Spencer had also pulled papers to run for School Committee, though he did not return them prior to this week’s filing deadline. 

Contested races take shape for Light Board, Board of Health

Though there won’t be contested races for Select Board or School Committee, voters will face choices for positions on the Municipal Light Board and the Board of Health. 

Both Thomas Green and Michael Andrade returned papers to run for Light Board, each vying to replace incumbent John Monteiro, who won’t be on the ballot this year. 

Mercedes Murphy, Janet Bahl Saluk and Cassia Monteiro, meanwhile, are all running for a seat on the Board of Health. 

Ballot to feature other shakeups

Outside of those races, this year’s ballot will also set up change on the Planning Board and the Cemetery Commission. 

Dirk Underwood did not return papers to run for re-election to the Planning Board, leaving Andrew Massa, Jr. and incumbent Darryl Fillippi running as two individuals for two seats. 

Massa had served on the Finance Committee until recently, resigning that position on Feb. 21. 

Christine DiMare, meanwhile, had pulled papers to run for re-election to her position on the Cemetery Commission. She did not return them, though, leaving Duane Searles as the lone candidate for that role. 

Election set for May 9

Elsewhere on the ballot, Town Moderator Richard Harrity is running for re-election. 

Ann Marie Lourens is running for re-election to the Trustees of Benevolent Funds while Robert Bowen is seeking another term on the Park Commission. 

MaryAlice McCormack has pulled and returned papers to run for re-election as a Library Trustee. 

Steven Dana Bruce is seeking another term as Constable while Christine Griffin runs for re-election to the Board of Assessors. 

All those races are uncontested. 

Hudson’s election will take place on May 9.

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