Incumbents may dominate Freeport ballot

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FREEPORT — Several familiar candidates may be unopposed on the Nov. 5 ballot.

Five incumbents have taken out nomination papers for seven Freeport town offices, and none of them, so far, have opponents, according to Town Clerk Tracey Stevens.

Nomination papers are due back to the town clerk’s office no later than 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11.

Town Councilors Jim Hendricks and Scott Gleeson are poised to make re-election bids. Hendricks, the board chairman, said he’s confident he will gather enough signatures to run for a second term in his at-large seat. Gleeson filed nomination papers for his seat on Tuesday, Sept. 3. He has served on the council for nine months, taking over for Sara Gideon, who resigned when she moved out of District 1.

Thomas Hudak and John Karp have taken out papers for re-election bids for the town’s sewer board and water district, respectively.

A second seat on the sewer district board, currently held by Garrett Simmons, might be wide open. Simmons hasn’t taken out nomination papers, according to Stevens; Garrett didn’t immediately respond to a reporter’s message.

Peter Murray has taken out papers for possible re-election to the Regional School Unit 5 Board of Directors.

One newcomer, Valeria Steverlynck, took out nomination papers for the open seat on the RSU board, which was created when Brenda Kielty resigned earlier this summer.

Steverlynck will have some School Board experience by November; on Tuesday, Sept. 3, she was appointed by the Town Council  to fill the remainder of Kielty’s term.

Ben McCanna can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or Follow him on Twitter: @BenMcCanna.