January 12 Town Caucus Launches Local Election Season

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

By Meredith McCulloch

When voters gather at the annual Town Caucus next Tuesday, January 12, many incumbents whose terms expire this year are expected to seek another 3-year term:

  • Selectmen William Moonan and Caroline Fedele have each said they intend to run again.
  • School Committee member Michel McAllister has indicated that he will run again, but Bradford Hafer said he will not.
  • On the Planning Board Amy Lloyd and Shawn Hanegan intend to seek reelection.
  • Town Moderator Betsey Anderson announced in November that she will not seek another term. Catherine Cordes wrote in the Bedford that she intends to run for Moderator.
  • The terms of three Library Trustees are expiring.  Abigail Hafer plans to run again, but Lorie Dunham and Howard Cohen have said they will not. Emily Mitchell and Elizabeth Hacala each announced in the Citizen that they will go to caucus and seek a position as Library Trustee.

For a complete list of positions to be filled see: https://www.thebedfordcitizen.org/2015/12/10/help-shape-bedfords-future-by-running-for-an-elected-position/

The 2016 Town Caucus – Date, time and place

The caucus will take place on January 12 at 7:00 pm in the large instruction room at the John Glenn Middle School on McMahon Road.

Getting onto the Ballot

Nomination at the Town Caucus is one of the ways candidates can get their names on the ballot. Those who are selected will be listed at “Caucus Nominee.”  Under caucus rules up to two candidates can be nominated for each open position.

A second path is for a candidate to take ot 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 until January 20, 2016.  The completed papers with the signatures must be filed with the Town Clerk by January 22, 2016. The Town Election is on Saturday, March 12.

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