Tuesday, Sept. 19 is preliminary election day in Somerville. Voters will narrow the mayoral and ward 1 school committee races down to two candidates.
Kenneth C. Van Buskirk III and Payton Corbett are looking to oust seven-term incumbent mayor Joseph Curtatone.
Corbett is a leader within the Teamsters Union and advocates for a push against big development. His campaign recently took a hit when some of his old, politically incorrect Facebook posts came to light. The revelation led Our Revolution Somerville, a progressive political group inspired by Senator Bernie Sanders, to pull its endorsement of Corbett.
Three people are vying for ward 1’s school committee open seat: Emily Ackman, Kenneth M. Salvato, and Guillermo Samuel Hamlin.
Ackman has worked as a teacher and an administrator, and currently does education research. Her platform includes launching universal pre-kindergarten in Somerville and getting all students high-speed internet in their homes.
Salvato, who has run for the school committee three times, has plans for various programs including “Be a buddy, not a bully,” connecting teens with jobs, and activities like ice skating for kids on the weekends during the winter.
Hamlin aims to expand after-school programming and implement a yearlong youth jobs program.
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Check your polling location here.
The general election is on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Eighteen candidates are vying for the board of aldermen, and 9 will run for school committee seats.
The deadline to register to vote in November’s election is Oct. 18.