Two Ways to Throw Your Hat in the Ring

By Meredith McCulloch

TOWN-ELECTIONS-2014Citizens interested in running for office next March will find two ways to place their name on the ballot.  One path is to take out nomination papers from the Town Clerk and collect a minimum of fifty signatures from registered voters. Papers for nomination may be picked up between December 2, 2013 and January 15, 2014.  The completed papers with the signatures must be filed with the Town Clerk by January 20, 2014.

The second path is to be nominated at the Town Caucus, which meets on Tuesday, January 7 at 7:00 pm in the multi-purpose room at Town Hall. Names are placed in nomination, seconded, then caucus attendees vote. Up to two candidates for each position may be nominated, and they will be listed as “caucus nominee” on the ballot. January 8 is the snow date.

The caucus is not only an opportunity for a candidate to declare his or her intentions, but by the end of the meeting it is clear which positions as yet have no candidates. When that occurs, others may be encouraged to step forward and take out nomination papers.

Between now and the Town Elections in March, The Bedford Citizen will feature information about candidates who declare their candidacy.  Look for the “Town Election” tab on the Citizen home page.

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