Speakman Will Seek Re-Election
Candidates filed declaration papers by Wednesday at 4 pm; Speakman is joined as a Town Council candidate by Democrats Kate Weymouth and Ann Strong; Republicans Margaret Kane, Donald Nessing and Shirley Applegate-Lockridge, and an independent, Nicholas Par
Barrington Town Council president June Speakman officially changed her mind Wednesday afternoon – the final day to file declaration of candidacy papers in the Town Clerk’s office.
Speakman filed to seek a sixth term on the Town Council. The Democrat has served 10 years.
Speakman had previously said she would not seek another term and, instead, was thinking about challenging for the District 32 Senate seat held by Barrington’s David Bates.
Joining her as Democratic candidates for Town Council will be another incumbent, Kate Weymouth, and Ann Strong, a member of the Planning Board.
Not seeking re-election is Democrat Jeffrey Brenner – a former Town Council president who had made no secret of his intention not to run for another term.
Three Republicans will be challenging the Democrats for Town Council: Margaret Kane, Donald Nessing and Shirley Applegate-Lockridge.
Kane ran two years ago for the seat in the State House that is held by Joy Hearn. Nessing ran for Town Council two years ago. Applegate-Lockridge is a Barrington attorney who has been very active in Republican politics for years.
Also challenging for a seat on the Town Council will be an independent: Nicholas Paras, of 49 Appian Way in West Barrington.
Filing papers to run for the Barrington School Committee are all of the incumbents, Republican Patrick Guida, chairman of the school board; Republican Christopher Ramsden, and Democrat Robert Shea, a former chairman and vice chairman of the board.
Other challengers for School Committee seats will be Paula Dominguez, a Democrat, who has been active in the PTO, and Martha Wallick, a Republican who is very active in the party.
Filing papers on Wednesday for re-election to the state legislature were Barrington incumbents David Bates and Democrat Joy Hearn, of District 66, which includes part of Riverside as well as Barrington.
Hearn will be challenged by Republican Manfred “Fred” Diel, of Barrington, who filed his candidacy papers on Monday morning.
Peter Costa Jr. of Barrington also filed his papers on Monday morning. He is challenging Democrat Jan Malik of Warren for the District 67 seat that includes Warren and parts of Barrington.
Julia Califano also filed papers on Wednesday to run for Town Moderator. She has no challenger.