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WOONSOCKET â€“ Three more possible contenders for public office filed declarations of candidacy at City Hall Friday, including two for School Committee.
But the addition of Jeffrey A. Hardy and Christopher M. Roberts to the field still fails to make the race for School Committee competitive.
There are five seats on the panel, and so far only two other candidates, incumbents Vimala Phongsavanh and Anita McGuire Forcier, have tossed their hats into the ring.
Hardy, 35, of 243 Carnation St., and Roberts, 26, of 157 Tara Lane, are both newcomers, though Roberts ran for School Committee previously.
Meanwhile, the entry of Lewis J. Pryeor, 54, of 231 Second Ave., brings to 13 the number of declarants for City Council. Pryeor moved to the city just five months ago, according to his papers, and he previously served several terms on the City Council in West Warwick.
Pryeor joins the fray with council incumbents Christopher A. Beauchamp, Daniel M. Gendron, Roger G. Jalette Sr. and Council President John Ward. Other contenders include Marc A. Dubois, currently chair of the School Committee, Robert Moreau, the chairman of the Zoning Board, and newcomers Philip E. Labrecque, Kathryn LeBlanc, Garrett S. Mancieri, Roland Michaud, Michael Moniz and Ermie Lee Ulmer.
With just two days to go before the declaration period ends, Mayor Leo T. Fontaine remains the only person who has filed papers to run for the top spot. The City Council veteran was elected mayor in 2009 and is approaching the end of his first two-year term.
The seven-day declaration period closes at 4 p.m. Tuesday, ending the first phase of the process of formalizing one's candidacy. In order to be assured a spot on the ballot, candidates must file nomination papers from Sept. 6-20 â€“ documents that must be accompanied by the signatures of 100 properly registered voters.