The first week of the 2013 Tewksbury Municipal Election season has started off with a bang.
Four candidates have already taken out nomination papers in the race for the Board of Selectman and a fifth candidate has expressed his intentions to do so.
Incumbent Todd Johnson, along with potential challengers Robert Rosa, Mary Ellen Fernald and Ken Miano took out nomination papers this week, according to Town Clerk Denise Graffeo.
Fernald is a former member of the Board of Health, having lost her seat on that board last year. For Miano, the President of the Tewksbury Boys Basketball League, this will be his second run at public office. He was defeated in a run for the Board of Selectmen in 2012.
Jim Wentworth, a former member of the Economic Development Committee, has expressed his intent to run for selectman this year but has yet to take out papers.
Johnson will be seeking his third three-year term on the board. Selectwoman Anne Marie Stronach announced in November she would not be seeking re-election.
Other candidates taking out nomination papers during the first week were incumbent Shawsheen Tech School Committee member Pat Meuse, incumbent Board of Health member Christine Kinnon and incumbent Library Board of Trustees member Joseph Frank.
Candidates have until Feb. 19 to return nomination papers with at least 50 valid signatures of registered Tewskbury voters to secure a spot on the April 6 ballot.
Candidates (As of Jan. 4)
Took out Papers
Board of Selectmen (2 seats for three years)
Mary Ellen Fernald
Board of Health (2 seats for three years)
Planning Board (1 seat for five years)
School Committee (2 seats for three years)
Library Board of Trustees (2 seats for three years)
Housing authority (1 seat for 5 years)
Shawsheen Tech Regional School Committee (1 seat for three years)
I- Patricia Meuse