UPDATED: Candidates pull papers to run in Cumberland

UPDATED: Candidates pull papers to run in Cumberland

CUMBERLAND – The race for mayor this year could feature two candidates with as much experience under the hood of a car as in politics.

Former long-time Town Councilor Daniel Alves pulled papers this week to run as a Democrat against incumbent Mayor Jeffrey Mutter.

Alves has owned Galinda’s Automotive Service in Valley Falls for more than 40 years and ran for mayor in a three-way primary back in 2014. Mutter, also with plenty of experience in local government, was long-time owner of family business Mutter Motors, also on Broad Street, when he won the mayor’s race two years ago.

The deadline to declare for office was Wednesday, June 24, but candidates still must gather and return signatures of qualified voters.

In Cumberland, this year’s election is complicated a bit by the move to four-year elections, meaning anyone who wins will be serving twice as long as officials in past years.

There will be no race for two at-large seats after Democrat and former Councilor James Higgins switched to running for District 1 after incumbent Stephanie Gemski surprised party members last week by saying she wouldn’t run again. Former District 1 Councilor James Metivier, an independent, will be running against Higgins in the general election to try to win back his seat.

With Higgins going to the District 1 race, incumbent at-large members Michael Kinch and Peter Bradley are left to run unopposed.

For District 2, former Councilor Thomas Kane and newcomer Timothy Magill both filed as Democrats to run for the seat Craig Dwyer is vacating, setting up a race in the primary and following through on earlier announcements.

In District 3, incumbent Democrat Lisa Beaulieu pulled papers to run again, as did Republican challenger Jorge Rodrigues.

Scott Schmitt, Republican councilman in District 4, and Robert Shaw Jr., Democrat in District 5, will run unopposed.

For the non-partisan Cumberland School Committee, Keri Smith and former member Donald Costa both filed paperwork to run for the District 3 seat being vacated by Jennifer Bernardo, while Bruce Lemois will run unopposed for the seat being left open by Heidi Waters.

For two at-large seats, three candidates, incumbent Chairman Paul DiModica and newcomers Susan Joseph and Kerry Feather, will gather signatures to run. At-large member Raymond Salvatore isn’t running again.