MERRIMAC — For the first time since nomination papers became available for the May 5 election, new candidates have taken out papers to run for town office: Robert Atwood of Emery Street for a five-year seat on the Planning Board, and Brian Krikorian of Pine Bluff Avenue for the remaining two years of the three-year constable position that has been vacant for the last year.

In addition, three incumbents picked up papers in the past week — Joyce Clohecy of Lincoln Street for the three-year assessor position; Jay Soucy of Ahearn Circle for a five-year term on Parks and Recreation, and Linda Getz of 3 Currier Ave. for three years as library trustee.

No one has yet stepped forward to run for the Board of Selectmen seat (three years), the second library trustee (three years), the cemetery trustee (three years), Light and Water commissioner (three years) or sewer commissioner (three years).

Other residents who have previously taken out nomination papers include Eileen Hurley of Adams Street for her three-year seat on the Board of Health, Maureen Moran of Landau Lane for her three-year position on the School Committee, School Committee member Val Corradino of Lake Avenue for the one-year unexpired term on the School Committee, Robert Bender of School Street for his one-year moderator position, and Stephen True of Abbott Street for his five-year term on the Housing Authority Board.

Nomination papers must be picked up by March 12 at 5 p.m. Papers are due back to the town clerk, with at least 27 signatures from Merrimac registered voters, by March 17 at 5 p.m.

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