SWAMPSCOTT — A hot five-person race for two seats on the Board of Selectmen gives an urgency to today's townwide elections.

With Selectman Anthony Scibelli stepping down, Eric Walker, seeking his second three-year term, is the only incumbent on the ballot.

On the other hand, retired Selectman Reid Cassidy is also in the mix, seeking to come back to his former post.

Cassidy stepped down in midterm, June 2007, explaining that meetings conflicted with his law school classes.

Completing the field are Personnel Board member David Van Dam, former Saugus Selectman Susan Raiche (now a Swampscott resident) and Rich Malagrifa, a pilot in the U.S. Air Force and for Delta Air Lines.

Choices will be a lot easier to make in the race for the School Committee, with only two candidates seeking two seats on the board. Jaren Landen is the mother of three and has a doctorate in neuroscience from Emory University. Laurier Beaupre is a lawyer and the father of two children.

Residents in Precincts 1 and 2 are scheduled to vote at the Senior Center, 3 and 4 at the First Church, and 5 and 6 at Swampscott Middle School. Voting was slated to begin at 7 a.m. and end at 8 p.m.

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