By Beth David, Editor
Unless someone withdraws at the last minute, it looks like Fairhaven will have contests for Select Board, Board of Health, and Planning Board in the next election.
Six candidates will vie for three seats on the Select Board. And Peter DeTerra faces a challenger for his seat on the Board Health.
Leon Correy, Cameron Durant, John Farrell, Cathy Melanson, Charles Murphy, Sr., and incumbent Stasia Powers will be on the ballot for the three Select Baord seats.
This year there are three seats available because Town Meeting voted in 2021 to increase the number of seats on the to five, from three. The seat now held by Stasia Powers will be up for re-election as scheduled, and two new seats will also be on the ballot. The person with the most votes will serve three years, the second place person will serve two years, the third place person will serve one year before needing to run again. After this year, all seats will be three year terms.
In the Board of Health race, Heidi Hacking returned her papers with the required signatures and will challenge long time BOH member Peter DeTerra.
School Committee incumbents Kyle Bueno and Erik Andersen will be unopposed for their seats.
Cathleen Marchessault had also taken out papers for School Committee, but did not return them.
On the Planning Board, incumbents Geoffrey Haworth and John Farrell did not pull papers. Mr. Farrell is running for Select Board.
Three candidates will be on the ballot for the two PB seats: Kevin Grant, Andrew Romano, and Sharon Simmons.
Incumbent Barbara Acksen will be on the ballot or her seat as a Commissioner of Trust Funds; Louise Ponte will also be on the ballot for the seat she holds on the Commission, which is an unexpired term she was appointed to recently.
On the Board of Public Works, only the unexpired term held by Steven Riley is up for election. He did not take out papers for the seat.
Anne Morton Smith will be the only one on the ballot for that seat. Ronnie Medina had taken out papers, but did not have enough certified signatures when he returned them.
Acting town clerk Linda Fredette will be unopposed for her seat. And Gary Souza will be unopposed for a seat on the Housing Authority.
The Annual Town Election will be held on Monday, April 4, 2022. Polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Deadline to register to vote is 3/15/22.
You may register to vote any day from 8:30 a.m.–4:30p.m. Monday– Friday. Mail-in Voter Registration Forms are available at the Town Clerk’s Office, the Millicent Library and State and Federal offices.
Where do I vote?
The Town of Fairhaven Precinct Boundary Map can be found at (https://www.fairhaven-ma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif3131/f/uploads/fairhaven2010.pdf). This map will be updated with the 2020 Census Re-precincting information as soon as we receive the final approved information from the State.
• Precinct one: Town Hall, 40 Center Street
• Precincts two and three: Elizabeth Hastings Middle School, 30 School Street
• Precinct four: Fire Station Meeting Room, 146 Washington Street
• Precincts five and six, Recreation Center, 227 Huttleston Avenue
For information on registering to vote, visit https://www.fairhaven-ma.gov/town-clerk/pages/voter-resources or call the Town Clerk at (508) 979-4023 ext. 3
For more information on Fairhaven’s local election, visit https://www.fairhaven-ma.gov/town-clerk/pages/election-resources or call the Town Clerk at 508-979-4023 ext. 3.
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