Help Shape Bedford’s Future by Running for an Elected Position

By Julie Turner and Meredith McCulloch

Bedford's original Town Seal - Image (c) JMcCT, 2015 all rights reserved

Candidates for Bedford’s 2016 Town Election that will be held on Saturday, March 12 may be nominated for office either at the Town Caucus on Tuesday, January 12, or by collecting signatures on nomination papers due on Friday, January 22.

The positions to be filled are:

  • Town Moderator: One 3-year term
  • Selectmen: Two 3-year terms
  • School Committee: Two 3-year terms
  • Planning Board: Two 3-year terms
  • Board of Assessors: One 3-year term
  • Board of Health: One 3-year term
  • Library Trustee: Three 3-year terms
  • Housing Authority: One 5-year term
  • Regional School Committee: One 3-year term

Running for Office

The Town Caucus will meet at 7pm on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 in the large instruction room at the John Glenn Middle School.  (The multi-purpose room at Town Hall, the traditional caucus location, is not available due to renovation at the Town Hall.)  All Bedford registered voters are eligible to attend and vote.

Up to two candidates for each position may be nominated, and they will be listed as “Caucus Nominee” on the ballot at the Town Election in March. 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 become a Caucus Nominee.

The Town 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.

A second path to nomination for office is to take out nomination papers from the Town Clerk and collect a minimum of 50 signatures from registered voters. Papers for nomination may be picked up at the Town Clerk’s office now through January 20, 2016.  The completed papers with the signatures must be filed with the Town Clerk by January 22, 2016.

Bedford’s  2016 Town Election

Bedford’s 2016 Town Election will take place from 8 am to 6 pm on Saturday, March 12 at the John Glenn Middle School on McMahon Road. The last day to register to vote is Friday, February 19.

Between now and the Town Election 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.

Other Elections in 2016

Presidential Primary 

  • Tuesday, March 1 with the polls open from 7 am to 8 pm
  • Last day to register to vote: Wednesday, February 10

Massachusetts State Primary

  • Thursday, September 8 with the polls open from 7 am to 8 pm
  • Last day to register to vote: Friday, August 19

Presidential Election

  • Tuesday, November 8 with the polls open from 6 am to 8 pm
  • Last day to register to vote: Wednesday, October 19


To see the Town of Bedford’s  full election calendar,  click  2016 Election Calendar

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