MILTON – Two open seats on the select board could make for a wide-open contest in the April 26 town election.
Both Select Board Chair Katie Conlon and member Melinda Collins said they will not seek re-election.
Conlon said in a Facebook post that she has enjoyed her time in elected office.
"However, after 9 years it is time for a change," she wrote. "It is time for someone else to step forward and bring a fresh perspective to town government."
Collins, who is in her fourth year on the board, confirmed in an email she is planning to step down from the board.
As of Friday, two potential candidates have already taken out nomination papers for the seats, which carry a three-year term. They are Christopher Hart of 55 Woodland Road and Clinton Graham of 9 Hollis St. Both are former members of the warrant committee and Graham is currently the town's representative on the Blue Hills Regional School Committee.
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Town Clerk Susan Galvin said nomination papers for the election are now available in her office. For town-wide offices, candidates must obtain at least 50 signatures and submit them to the clerk's office by 5 p.m. on March 8 to qualify for the ballot.
Other offices to be decided at the election are two seats on the school committee and planning board, as well as seats on the board of assessors, park commission, cemetery trustees and board of health. There are three seats on the library trustees and four constable positions available as well as the offices of town moderator and town treasurer.
All of the offices are for three year terms except the town treasurer, which is for one year, and cemetery trustee, which is for five years.
Galvin said that due to precinct changes following the 2020 federal census, all town meeting member seats will be on the ballot in precincts 3, 5, 6, 7 and 10. The other precincts, where the boundaries were not changed, only terms expiring in 2022 and any open seats will be on the ballot, she said.
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This article originally appeared on The Patriot Ledger: Two open seats on Milton Select Board on April 26 town election ballot