Two for mayor, 12 for aldermen on city ballot
By Gordon Dritschilo
Staff Writer | January 29,2013
Anthony Edwards / Staff Photo
Stacks of candidate petitions are shown at City Hall on Monday afternoon.
A feared dearth of aldermanic candidates has not come to pass in Rutland City.
Twelve people have signed up to run for six seats on the board as the board president squares off against the mayor.
The deadline for petitions to run for public office was 5 p.m. Monday, though candidates have until the end of business Wednesday to withdraw their petitions.
Alderman David Allaire was the only person who filed a petition challenging Mayor Christopher Louras’ effort to win a fourth term. Allaire announced his intentions back in June, and has promised to make crime the central issue of the campaign. Louras won a six-way race to claim the office in 2007, defeated challenger David Trapeni in 2009 and ran unopposed in 2011.
Late last year, four of the six incumbents on the Board of Aldermen indicated they might not run, prompting Alderman William Notte to send out a plea for more people to get themselves on the ballot.
While Aldermen Sean Sargeant and Christopher Robinson stood fast on their decisions not to run, each mentioning a desire to spend more time with their families, David Wallstrom and Thomas DePoy joined fellow incumbents Charles Romeo and Jon Kiernan in seeking new terms.
Some familiar names appear among the other aldermanic candidates, including former Mayor John Cassarino and former Alderman Ed Larson. Cassarino has been out of city politics since he decided not to seek another term as mayor in 2007, while Larson, who cited health reasons when he ended his time on the board, has only been away for a year.
John Mattison, who mounted unsuccessful campaigns for the board and a Rutland House seat last year, is in the running as is another of last year’s losing House candidates, Sherri Durgin-Campbell. Perennial candidate Dan White is also making another attempt.
Newcomers on this year’s ballot are Diane Alberts, Paul Black and Melinda Humphrey.
There are no other contests on the city ballot. Treasurer Wendy Wilton and Assessor Barry Keefe are running unopposed and incumbents Robert Kurchena, Erin Shimp and Hurley Cavacas are joined by newcomer Daniel Alcorn in running for the four School Board seats. Board member Doug Gage is not running again, having won a seat in the Vermont House of Representatives.