NORTH ADAMS -- A mayoral race could be in the works for November, as two potential challengers for Mayor Richard J. Alcombright have taken out nomination papers for the city's corner office.
Former City Councilor Robert Moulton Jr. and Richard D. Greene, of 611 State Road, both took out nomination papers to run for mayor last week. They join incumbent Alcombright, who took out papers on June 24.
"Nothing is official until [the nomination papers] are handed in," Moulton said during a telephone interview on Saturday. "As many know, over the last three years or so I have had a different vision for the city, whether it be the school [project], the Proposition 2 1/2 override or the debate over the past commission. I have a different vision of where the city should go and look toward in the future. By the middle of next week we'll make a decision and see where it goes."
A four-term councilor, he was the only incumbent not re-elected to the council in 2009. Moulton was one of Alcombright's initial supporters during his first mayoral bid that same year. In 2011, he served as co-manager of former City Councilor Ronald Boucher's mayoral campaign.
Most recently, Moulton came out against the Conte School Project, serving as one of three co-signers on a citizens' petition that triggered a public vote to approve the funding for the renovation project. The funding was approved during a special election on April 30.
The deadline to return nomination papers with signatures of at least 50 registered voters to the City Clerk's office is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 6. Signatures must be verified by the Board of Registrars before an individual is considered a candidate for election.
Should all three mayoral hopefuls successfully return nomination papers, the city would have a preliminary election on Tuesday, Sept. 24, to narrow the non-partisan election down to two candidates for the general city election on Tuesday, Nov. 5.
A total of 12 potential candidates for City Council have taken out nomination papers for the nine at-large council seats, including incumbent Councilors Lisa Blackmer, Keith Bona, David Bond, Jennifer Breen and Nancy Bullett.
City Council President Michael Bloom and incumbent Councilors John Barrett III, Marie Harpin and Alan Marden had yet to take out papers for re-election as of Friday.
In addition to the incumbents, potential candidates for the council include: MaryAnn Benoit-Albee of Rand St.; Eric Buddington, of Warren Street; Michael J. Hernandez of Eagle St.; Edward LaCosse of Brayton Hill Terrace; Richard LaCosse Jr. of Brayton Hill Terrace; Anthony J. Sarkis of Walnut Street; and Wayne Wilkinson Jr. of Oak Hill Road, who serves as chairman of the city's Mobile Home Rent Control Board and Planning Board member.
As of Friday, only Breen and Hernandez had returned their nomination papers, which had yet to be verified.
A preliminary election for council will not be held unless there are 19 candidates on the ballot.
Also appearing on the ballot are three positions on the North Adams School Committee held by John Hockridge, Heather P. Boulger and Mark Moulton, and two seats on the Northern Berkshire Regional Vocational School Committee (McCann) held by Gary Rivers and Paul Gigliotti.
Hockridge and Boulger have taken out papers for the North Adams, as well as newcomer Michele Vareschi. Rivers and Gigliotti have taken out papers for the McCann School Committee.