It’s Preliminary Election Day

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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.

Curtatone became mayor in 2004 after serving as alderman-at-large for eight years, while Buskirk’s background includes working as a campaign co-chair for the Progressive Democrats of Somerville.

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.