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City contests heating up: Allaire challenges Louras for mayor and 12 vie for six open Aldermen seats

A mayoral challenge and a competition for each open Board of Aldermen seat in Rutland is heating up the 2013 annual city election race.

Vying for the mayoral spot are incumbent Mayor Chris Louras and Board of Aldermen President David Allaire.

Allaire is running on an anti-drug platform and recently sparred with Louras over the duties of the city's chief executive officer, with Louras telling the Rutland Herald that the mayor should run the "whole show" unless specific duties are allocated to other boards. Allaire was quoted as saying the mayor is responsible for making sure all employee's duties are carried out - specifically citing the police chief position.

Running for six Board of Aldermen seats are 12 residents.

Incumbents Thomas DePoy, Jon Kiernan, Charles Romeo and Dave Wallstrom are vying for their seats back while Diane Roberts, Paul Black, John Cassarino, Sherri Durgin-Campbell, Melinda Humphrey, Ed Larson, John Mattison Jr. and Dan White want new, two-year terms.

For more information on Town Meeting Day and any upcoming informational meetings on the candidates' platforms visit