DEDHAM — Nov. 22 was the deadline for candidates to file nomination papers to run for two vacant selectman positions in Dedham.
Michelle Begin, the administrative assistant to the selectmen, said an unusually large number of people have applied for the elected office.
“We don’t often have this much interest in positions,” she said. “I think a number of people wanted to help out, knowing the position we are in.”
In October, longtime selectman Al Jellison passed away after serving on the board for 33 years. Another longtime selectman, Everett Lawrence, is moving out of Maine after holding his position for 14 years, Begin said.
“With two open positions on the board, it could be a big change for the town,” she said. “So I think people want to be a part of it.”
Dedham’s three selectmen each serve three-year terms. Jellison’s term expires in June 2018, so his successor will finish out the remaining six months before running for re-election if he so chooses.
The three men who returned papers for Jellison’s old position are Peter Merritt, Leonard Black and Paul England. Merritt currently serves as chairman of the town’s Budget Committee, though his term expires in June of 2018.
Lawrence’s term expires in June 2019, so his successor will serve the remaining year and a half until that time.
Paul Miller and Ryan Kuhl both filed nomination papers for Lawrence’s old position. Both men have served on the town Budget Committee. Miller’s term expired this June, while Kuhl’s is set to expire in June 2018.
Miller also served as the town’s road commissioner, while Kuhl has served on the School Board.
The special election will take place Tuesday, Dec. 12, from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Dedham Fire Station.