As the Monday deadline to submit municipal election nomination signatures passed, Election Commission staff determined that the Nov. 2 ballot will hold 19 council candidates competing for nine seats and nine School Committee candidates vying for six seats.
People running for Cambridge public office must file between 50 and 100 signatures of registered voters to appear on the November ballot. Halfway through the nomination period, a dozen have: seven for City Council and five for School Committee.
School Committee member Manikka Bowman has decided not to run for reelection. In an essay published Monday in the Cambridge Chronicle, she said she was “choosing to center the needs of myself and my family instead of seeking another term in office.”
On the first day nomination papers became available for the Nov. 2 municipal elections, 14 candidates for city councillor stopped by the Election Commission for a set and four candidates for the School Committee.
School Committee member José Luis Rojas Villarreal has announced that he will run for a second term, with a “pre-kickoff event” Thursday. Fellow first-termer Ayesha Wilson and Rachel Weinstein began talking in December about running again.
A new challenger has declared a run for a City Council seat in Robert Eckstut, a Lesley-educated life coach, and three more council incumbents: councillors Patty Nolan and Dennis Carlone, and Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui.