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Thirteen Vie for Vacant Alderman Seat in Woburn

Jan 28, 2019 06:15PM ● By Lisa Redmond

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WOBURN – Civic duty is alive and well in Woburn as 13 residents have tossed their hats into the political arena to fill the unexpired term of Alderman -at-large Richard Haggerty, who resigned after being electedstate representative for the 30th Middlesex District.

City Clerk William Campbell’s Office reports that as of the Jan. 22 deadline, 13 residents submitted applications and resumes to fill Haggerty’s one-year unexpired seat on the Woburn City Council.

In reaching out to all the councilman about what they are looking for in a new Alderman, Ward 2 Alderman Richard Gately responded, “I would like to see a person that knows our city well. Someone who is able to make good decisions on a host of projects and issues facing our city. Someone who is comfortable sitting on the council with the present members.’’

The applicants will be interviewed by the City Council’s Liaison Committee starting at 5:45 p.m. on Jan. 28 in City Hall. The Council will select Haggerty’s successor on Feb. 5. The meetings are open to the public.

The following is an alphabetical list of candidates and the times they will be interviewed:

-          Maryann Chorlton – Woburn Middlesex Lion’s Club, 5:45 p.m.;

-          Robert Ferullo – Retired Woburn Police Chief, 5:55 p.m.;

-          Joanna Gonsalves – Former Alderman-at-large and past mayoral candidate, 6:05 p.m.;

-          James Healey – Retired industrial security and forensic accounting specialist, 6:15 p.m.;

-          Michael Maher – Former Woburn Planning Board member, 6:25 p.m.;

-          Kevin Meaney – State probation officer, 6:35 p.m.;

-          Bryan Melanson – Former City Council president, 6:45 p.m.;

-          Justin O’Connor – Former firefighter, 6:55 p.m.;

-          Michael Raymond – Former Alderman, 7:05 p.m.;

-          David Ryan – Businessman, 7:15 p.m.;

-          William Sullivan – Woburn Rotary Club, 7:25 p.m.;

-          Kathryn Thifault –WMHS Class of 2012, magna cum laude;

-          Charles Viola – Corrections officer, 7:45 p.m.

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