Correction: A previous version of this article said there was one contested ward election in 2011. In fact, there were three: in wards 3, 4 and 7. The correction has been made below.
We now know who's officially running for office in Somerville in 2013.
The following candidates have all submitted signatures and had their signatures certified by the Somerville Election Department, which means they will appear on ballots this fall.
Scroll down to see their names.
Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone is running unopposed for a sixth term in office. Assuming he serves at least part of his sixth term, he will have served more consecutive years in office than any mayor in Somerville's history—longer than Eugene Brune and longer than Michael Capuano.
When it comes to the Somerville Board of Aldermen and the Somerville School Committee, 2013 promises to be an exciting election season.
In the election for the Somerville Board of Aldermen, there are contests in four of Somerville's seven wards, and seven candidates are running for four at-large seats on the Board. Because incumbent At-Large Alderman Bruce Desmond is not running, there will be at least one new at-large alderman in the city.
By comparison, in the city's last local election, in 2011, there were contested elections in three wards, and while seven candidates ran for an at-large seat, the four incumbents won.
As many as eight women could be serving on the Board of Aldermen when the elections are over.
As for the School Committee, there are contested elections in three of Somerville's seven wards. In 2011, there were no contested elections for School Committee.
In ward races with more than two candidates, there will be a preliminary election in September, with the top two finishers moving onto the final election in November. All seven candidates for alderman at large will be on the ballot in November, with the top four finishers taking seats on the Board of Aldermen.
The preliminary election takes place Sept. 24.
The final election takes place Nov. 5.
- Joseph Curtatone (incumbent)
Somerville Board of Aldermen
Alderman At Large (four serve on the Board of Aldermen)
- John Connolly (incumbent)
- Dennis Michael Sullivan (incumbent)
- William White (incumbent)
- Carol A. Dempkowski
- Sean Fitzgerald
- William A. Medeiros
- Mary Jo Rossetti
- Maureen Bastardi (incumbent)
- Elio LoRusso
- Matthew McLaughlin
- Maryann Heuston (incumbent)
- Suzanne W. Bremer
- Stephen A. Delani
- Matthew Desmond
- Robert J. McWatters
- Tony Lafuente (incumbent)
- Courtney K. O'Keefe (incumbent)
- Mark Niedergang
- Rebekah L. Gewirtz (incumbent)
- Katjana Ballantyne
- Joseph A. Capuano
Somerville School Committee
- Stephen P. Roix (incumbent)
- Kenneth M. Salvato
- Dan J. Futrell
- Michael D. Nionakis
- Adam W. Sweeting (incumbent)
- Christine Theberge Rafal (incumbent)
- Laura Pitone
- Ross Richmond
- Caroline Shea Rosas
- Paul Bockelman (incumbent)
- Caroline Lynch Normand