Claremont Voters Head to the Polls

Crowded Field for At-large Council Seats

Voting in Claremont City Council elections is Tuesday, Nov. 5. Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Ward I and Ward II residents vote at Claremont Middle School on South Street. Ward III residents vote at Disnard Elementary School on Hanover Street.

Claremont — In addition to several contested races for the nine-member City Council, voters Tuesday will also decide whether to form a charter commission for the purpose of revising the city charter or establishing a new one.

If voters pass the article, another election would be held to choose nine members to serve on the commission. Any charter changes would have to be approved by voters.

The charter commission question was placed on the ballot by petition. Resident Cynthia Howard, a local Tea Party organizer and former School Board member, led the petition drive.

In contested races Tuesday, there are 11 names on the ballot for four, at-large seats representing all three wards on the City Council. Incumbents Keith Raymond, Kyle Messier and the recently-appointed John Simonds are looking to retain their seats. Also on the ballot are Tom Burnham, who resigned from the council this summer, Cynthia Densmore, Joel Tremblay, Gary Cloutier, John Hamel, John Kinton, James Reed and Reginald Johnson.

Ward III incumbent Nick Koloski is being challenged by Walter White and Brent Ferland. Mayor James Neilsen, Assistant Mayor Vic Bergeron, Ward I incumbent Carolyn Towle and Ward II candidate Charlene Lovett are running unopposed.