Mayor Maureen O’Connor made her first move toward seeking reelection Friday when she took out nomination petitions from the city clerk’s office.
Mayoral spokesman Paul Downey said volunteers will be going out to collect the signatures necessary to get O’Connor on the ballot over the next two weekends. The deadline for filing the petitions is March 10.
Candidates must submit 300 valid signatures and pay a $500 fee to qualify for candidacy. Downey said that the mayor hopes to turn in an additional 2,000 signatures in lieu of paying the fee, an option open to all mayoral candidates.
O’Connor is the 13th person to take out papers for the June 7 election. Other potential candidates include retired science teacher Rose Lynne and pocket Bible distributor John Kelley, both veterans of three unsuccessful mayoral campaigns, and Rick Anderson, who represents AIDS patients on the Regional Task Force on AIDS.
O’Connor was elected in June, 1986, to replace Roger Hedgecock, who resigned in mid-term following his 13-count felony conviction on campaign law violations. If reelected in June she will serve a full four-year term.