By Meredith McCulloch and Joan Bowen
Citizens interested in running for town office next March will find two ways to place their name on the ballot. One path is to be nominated at the Town Caucus, which meets on Tuesday, January 6 (snow date 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. The person making the nomination and the nominee are given an opportunity to make a statement. A candidate must be present at the Caucus to be a Caucus nominee.
The second 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 1, 2014 and January 21, 2014. The completed papers with the signatures must be filed with the Town Clerk by January 23, 2014.
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.
The following terms will expire this March. Incumbents have not yet indicated whether they will run again.
- Assessor, 1 position (Ronald Cores, Incumbent)
- Board of Health, 2 positions (Anita Raj, Sarah Thompson, incumbents)
- Library Trustee, 1 position (Michael Pulizzi, incumbent)
- Planning Board, 1 position (Jeffrey Cohen, incdumbent)
- Regional Vocational School District, 1 position (Donald Drouin, incumbent)
- School Committee, 1 position (incumbent not seeking another term)
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 in early January.
For the full election calendar, see: https://www.bedfordma.gov/sites/bedfordma/files/election_calendar_2015.pdf