Monday, June 1 was the first day that candidates for elected office in Winthrop were able to take out nomination papers for the November 3 election.
As of press time Robert L. Driscoll Jr. has taken out papers for Town Council president. The position is currently held by Peter Gill, who has announced he will not be seeking re-election. Michael Bertino has taken out papers for the position of Precinct 2 councilor. The seat is currently held by James Letterie. Also taking out nomination papers is current School Committee chairman Gary Skomro.
The last day to submit nomination papers to the Registrar of Voters is Sept. 8. The last day to withdraw from the election is Oct. 5, it is also the day for the lottery of ballot placement. Oct. 14 is the last day to register for the Nov. 3 election. Campaign finance reports are due Oct. 26 and Nov. 3 from 7 am to 8 pm the election will be held.
This yearâ€™s election has the following seats open: town council representative for Precincts 2, 4 and 6. There is one at-large councilor seat and one council president seat. Three seats are open for Library Trustees. Three seats are open on the School Committee and two seats are open on the Winthrop Housing Authority.
Precinct candidates need 50 signatures from registered voters within their precinct, but it is suggested to gather at least 75 for the signature verification process. Town-wide candidates need 150 signatures of registered voters and should obtain 175 to be safe.