MALDEN — A busy municipal election season kicks off on Tuesday, Sept. 19 with a preliminary election in three of the city’s eight wards.
Preliminary elections will be held in Ward 3, Ward 6 and Ward 8 on that day. The final election is set for Tuesday, Nov. 7.
In Ward 3 there are preliminary elections for both City Council and School Committee. In both races there are three candidates and the top two vote-getters will advance to the final election while the third-place finisher will be eliminated.
For Ward 3 councilor, incumbent John Matheson is seeking reelection and is being challenged by Candace L. Julyan and Jennifer Lynn McClain. In the Ward 3 School Committee race, which is an open seat, three candidates are vying to advance to the final election, including Julianne Marie Orsino, Mekka Alicia Smith and Jennifer M. Spadafora.
In Ward 6, there are three candidates for the open Ward 6 councilor post. Two candidates from the field of Dave Camell, Joseph S. Gray and Jerry Leone will advance to the final election in November. Leone is the Ward 6 School Committeeman and is not running for reelection to seek the council seat.
Ward 8’s preliminary election is set for the council seat held by incumbent Jadeane Sica. Sica is seeking reelection and is being challenged by Peter Anastasia and Richard J. Correale Sr. Correale is a former Ward 8 city councilor and is seeking a return. The top two vote getters will advance to the final election.
There are contested races in a number of the other ward School Committee and City Council seats as well as some uncontested seats. All will be decided in the final election in November.
The polls will be open in all eight of the city’s wards from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.