By Prudence Brighton
The May 6 town election will feature a four-way race for two seats on the Board of Selectmen. No challengers emerged for other seats on town boards, according to Town Clerk Kathleen Graham.
By Monday's deadline, incumbents Tony Archinski and Jesse Forcier had returned signed nomination papers to the Town Clerk's Office, as did challengers John Joyce and Brian Bond.
Although election season may be quiet for other offices, the campaign for seats on the Board of Selectmen promises to be spirited.
Archinski is seeking his third term on the board. He was first elected in 2013 and re-elected in 2016.
Forcier was first elected in 2016 when he topped the ticket.
Bond has already caused a stir by announcing his candidacy during the community-input portion of a recent selectmen's meeting, earning Bond a rebuke from Archinski to which he answered, "Stop whining."
Joyce ran in 2017 and lost to Allison Hughes and Tami Dristiliaris. He said then that he wanted to challenge "cliquey politics" in town. He ran again in 2018 against incumbent Joseph DiRocco and another challenger, Phil Thibault. Joyce received 222 votes last year to DiRocco's 1,526 votes and Thibault's 1,221.
Running unopposed for three-year terms on the School Committee are incumbents Betsy Murphy and Allison Volpe; for a three-year term as Library Trustee, Monique Verville; for a three-year term as town moderator, George Mailliaros; and for a three-year term as commissioner of the Dracut Water Supply District, Robert Corey.
Charles Kanavos is seeking a five-year term on the Dracut Housing Authority. Kanavos, who is not an incumbent, works as a manager for the Lowell Housing Authority.
One other person, Fred Spicer, took out nomination papers for the DHAs term but did not return them.
Within a few days of taking out papers, Spicer, then on the Conservation Commission, decided to take a position in Washington, D.C.