Barring any last minute paper returns in the next four hours, the list of candidates for City Council and School Committee is just about final.
The race for At-Large City Councilor looks to be the most competitive, with 12 candidates vying for 6 positions(including mayor, which every At-Large candidate is technically running for until they express a desire not to). Those 11 politicians include the six current At-Large councilors.
Those candidates: Kola Akindele, Stephen Buchalter, Michael Germain(incumbent), Mary Keefe Konnie Lukes(i), William McCarthy, Joe O’Brien, Joe Petty(i), Gary Rosen(i), Rick Rushton(i) Kate Toomey(i), Emmanuel Tsitsilianos.
In District 1, Joe Casello will try to unseat incumbent Joff Smith for the second straight election.
District 2 will feature challenger Marc Trotto against current councilor Phil Palmieri.
Frank Beshai will try to unseat longtime councilor Paul Clancy in District 3.
Barbara Haller faces a challenge from Grace Ross in District 4.
Bill Eddy faces no opposition in District 5.
On the School Committee side, Robert Bogigian(i), Robert Diaz, Jack Foley(i), John Monfredo(i), Mary Mullaney(i), Tracy Novick, and Brian O’Connell(i) will compete for six seats.