WOONSOCKET – The city Board of Canvassers has received two more declarations from potential candidates interested in running for the seven-member City Council on Nov. 5.
Christopher A. Beauchamp, of 37 Meadow Road, and Marc A. Dubois, of 301 Brookhaven Lane, both council incumbents, filed declarations of candidacy on Monday, according to Estelle Corriveau, manager of the Board of Canvassers.
The filings leave just City Council President John F. Ward as not having declared an intention to run for re-election this fall.
If two more candidates were to file declarations and all those already declared complete the nomination process, the council candidates would also appear on an Oct. 8 primary ballot, along with the four candidates running for mayor, according to Corriveau.
“There has to be at least 15 candidates for a primary to be held for council,” she said.
Corriveau said she has heard there is interest for potentially two more Council candidates to surface, but noted anyone interested in running has until 4 p.m. Tuesday to make that move.
“They have until 4 p.m. to file, after that forget it,” Corriveau said of the fast approaching deadline.
The Board of Canvassers is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. on Tuesday and will consider the eligibility of one of the declared candidates, Jeffrey P. Belknap, to run for council when it does.
City Solicitor Joseph P. Carroll has already advised the panel that Belknap, a School Department maintenance employee, is not eligible to hold office under the provisions of 17-1-5.1 in the state General Laws.
The law states a municipal employee may hold a “state elective office or a municipal elective office” provided that office is not in “the city or town in which he or she is employed.”
The law specifies an exclusion for “teachers of the individual cities and towns,” and Carroll said that “by default it would include School Department employees.”
Belknap, he said in a further advisory to the Board, Belknap “can be a candidate for office, but if elected he would have to resign as an employee.”
In addition to Belknap, Beauchamp and Dubois, also declared for Council are incumbents Albert G. Brien, Robert R. Moreau, Daniel M. Gendron, Roger G. Jalette Sr., School Committee members Christopher M. Roberts and Anita Ann McGuire-Forcier, Melissa A. Murray, Eric Cartier, and Zoning Board members Kathryn M. Dumais, and Richard J. Fagnant. Declaring for the Mayor’s contest are Mayor Leo T. Fontaine, state Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, David A. Fisher, and Michael E. Moniz.
If as many as three of the candidates complete the nomination process, a primary for Mayor would be on the ballot for the Oct. 8 nonpartisan primary.
After the declaration period closes at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, prospective candidates will take out nomination papers starting on Sept. 3 and must return them with 100 signatures of qualified city voters to the Board of Canvassers by 4 p.m. on Sept. 17.