Lincoln's election choices shaping up

Lincoln's election choices shaping up

Editor's note: The Water Commission information has been updated to correct an error.

LINCOLN - A number of incumbents must compete for their seats this election, but most of the challengers are not new to the political scene.

Seeking 57-year-old T. Joseph Almond's town administrator seat is 84-year-old Louis Azar.

During the 2012 election, Azar declared his intent to run for the state Senate District 17 seat against Sen. Edward O'Neill. First, though, he had to run against 67-year-old John Cullen in the Democratic primary for the seat, where he ultimately lost by 15 votes - 1,272 to 1,259.

Azar also attempted to secure that same seat during the 2010 election, where he lost in the primary to candidate Linda Butera Noble.

On the House of Representatives side, Cullen, who ran against Azar in 2012, must run against 44-year-old incumbent Jeremiah O' Grady for the District 46 in the Democratic primary.

After beating Azar in the primary in 2012, Cullen lost to O'Neill for the District 17 Senate seat.

Whoever wins the primary this year, however, must face 34-year-old Republican Matthew Guerra for the seat.

Guerra is also no stranger to the political scene after an all-out battle during the 2012 election.

Guerra ran against O'Grady, independent Mary Ann Shallcross Smith, and independent Paul DiDomenico for the District 46 seat.

In the end, O'Grady came out on top with 2,604 votes, with Guerra trailing behind with 2,202, Shallcross Smith with 1,738 and DiDomenico with 216.

Voters will not have many choices when it comes to Lincoln Water Commission candidates, with incumbents George Hadley and Rene Lapierre running unopposed for their district seats.

Candidate for District 3, 66-year-old Edward Fox, declared his intent to run for the unopposed seat and will replace member Joe DeCotis. His son, Eric Fox, currently serves on the commission and represents District 2.