Only 3 contested races in Hollis and Brookline town elections

The only contested races in this year’s Hollis elections will be for selectman and the Budget Committee with three candidates vying for two seats in both cases.

Hollis

Incumbents Frank Cadwell and Vahrij Manoukian have filed for re-election as selectmen, challenged by newcomer Spencer Stickney. On the Budget Committee, Bob Labednick has entered the race against incumbents Susan Benz and Frank Whittemore.

Many incumbents have filed to continue in their positions, including Shelly Gillis, trustee of trust funds, Melinda Willis, cemetery trustee, Stephanie Stack and Laurel Lang, library trustee, Jim Belanger, town moderator, and Nancy Jambard, town clerk.

Lydia Schellenberg is not seeking re-election to her six-year post as supervisor of the checklist and Mary Thomas is running unopposed. Newcomer Amy Armstrong has filed for a three-year seat as cemetery trustee, which leaves a one-year seat vacant. There is a two-year seat open with the library trustees.

Brookline

The only contested race in Brookline this year is for the board of selectmen. Chairman Darrell Philpot and vice chairman Karl Dowling have both filed to serve another three-year term, opposed by Keith Thompson, chair of the Town History Committee.

The following incumbents have filed to remain in their positions: Peter Webb, town moderator, Patricia Howard-Barnett, town clerk/tax collector, Patricia Rosenberg, supervisor of the checklist, Gerald Farwell, road agent, Kevin Visnaskas, board of assessors, Brian Rater, two-year term on Finance Committe, Linda Chomiak, three-year term on Finance Committee, Steve Russo, library trustee, and Robert Rochford, treasurer.

Also running unopposed are Jack Flanagan, one-year seat on the Finance Committee, and Charles Corey, three-year term as fire ward.

Openings remain for a one-year term as town trustee, and for one-year and two-year terms as cemetery trustee.