New Candidate In School Committee Race

By SCOTT JACKSON

A new resident has entered the race for School Committee, bringing the total number of people running for school board this year to eight.

Tina Cahill of Grenwold Road pulled papers to run for a committee seat on Thursday. Tina Cahill is the wife of former Quincy city councillor and former state treasurer Tim Cahill. Tim Cahill is now the president of the Quincy Chamber of Commerce.

There are three School Committee seats are up for grabs this fall.

All three incumbents whose seats are being contested – Douglas Gutro of Arnold Street, Emily Lebo of Highland Avenue and Courtney Perdios of Ruggles Street – have taken out nomination papers along with challengers Ellen Patterson O’Donnell of Hatherly Road, John McDonald of Quincy Shore Drive, Liberty Schaaf of Howe Street, and Liz Speakman of Merrymount Road.

Perdios was appointed to the committee in February, filling the remainder of Anthony Andronico’s term after he was appointed to the City Council. O’Donnell, Schaaf and Speakman were also nominated for the seat during the joint convention.

Two other candidates, both seeking City Council seats, have taken out nomination papers in recent days, setting up possible rematches from two years ago.

Joseph Murphy of Macy Street took out nomination papers to run for the Ward 1 seat and Stephen Christo of Standish Avenue has pulled papers to run for the Ward 5 seat.

The incumbent Ward 1 councillor, David McCarthy of Whitney Road, has pulled papers to seek reelection, as has the incumbent in Ward 5, Charles Phelan Jr. of Fenno Street.

McCarthy and Murphy have faced off in the last two municipal elections. They first ran against each other in 2017, when McCarthy was elected to an open seat on the council, and McCarthy won a rematch two years later. McCarthy received 1,954 votes in the 2019 election to Murphy’s 1,005.

Christo and Phelan ran against each other for an open seat in 2019. Phelan outpolled Christo 1,372 to 1,086 in the closest of the four contested races for ward seats that year.

A third candidate, John Rodophele of Grenwold Road, has also taken out papers to seek the Ward 5 seat this fall. Rodophele ran unsuccessfully for the Ward 5 seat in 2017 and ran for School Committee twice before that.

Andronico, an Endicott Street resident who was appointed to the Ward 2 seat earlier this year, also faces a potential challenge in the fall. Steven Perdios of Ruggles Street and Jorgette Theophilis of Norman Road have taken out nomination papers to run for that seat.

Andronico was appointed to the seat in January following the resignation of longtime councillor Brad Croall. Croall was first elected in 2011, when he defeated Perdios by 56 votes.

Ward 3 Councillor Ian Cain of Forbes Hill Road, Ward 4 Councillor Brian Palmucci of Cross Street and Ward 6 Councillor William Harris of Ashworth Road have all taken out nomination papers to run for reelection. No challengers have yet to emerge in those races.

The three incumbent at-large councillors – Noel DiBona of Chickatabot Road, Nina Liang of Grand View Avenue, and Anne Mahoney of Ferriter Street – have pulled papers to seek reelection.

William Burke of Rice Road has taken out papers to seek an at-large seat on the council. Burke ran unsuccessfully for state representative in 2018 and had run for Congress two years prior.

There is no mayoral election this year. Mayor Thomas Koch was reelected to a four-year term in 2019.

The deadline to return nomination papers to the Board of Registrars is 5 p.m. on July 27 and certified nomination papers, including a statement of candidacy, must be submitted to the city clerk by 5 p.m. on Aug. 10.

The signatures of 50 registered voters are required to run for each office in a municipal election. Residents seeking one of the six ward councillor seats must obtain the signatures from within their ward.

If needed, a preliminary election would be held on Sept. 14. A preliminary election would be required if more than two candidates run for one ward council seat, or if more than six ran for either councillor at-large or the school board.

The final election is slated for Nov. 2.

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