The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, March 8, 2002


Town caucus set for March 25 Ten offices to be filled at May 14 Town Election

The annual town caucus, at which candidates are nominated to run for vacancies on elected town boards and committees, will be held on Monday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m. in the Clark Room at Town Hall. This year ten offices will need to be filled, including two positions on the board of selectmen and two on the Carlisle school committee. In many cases the incumbents have still not indicated whether they will seek re-election. Town elections this year are scheduled for Tuesday, May 14.

How to run for office

In order to be nominated for town office you must be a registered voter in Carlisle. The simplest route to nomination is to appear at the town caucus and bring your friends. For each office up for election, only two caucus candidates may appear on the ballot. If more than two candidates are presented at the caucus, a vote will be taken and the two candidates receiving the most votes are nominated. A quorum of 25 Carlisle voters is required for the caucus. Last year all candidates for office ran unopposed.

You may also be nominated by presenting a petition with 20 certified signatures to the board of registrars for certification at least 28 days prior to the election. Only signatures of voters registered in the Town of Carlisle are counted on your petition.

Finally, you may get elected by organizing write-in votes. Last year there were no candidates for a vacancy on the housing authority and long-term Carlisle resident Jack Bromley was elected to fill the position on three write-in votes.

Information on each of the offices and their duties can be found in the publication Know Your Town available at Town Hall. A list of current elected and appointed town officials can be found in the 2002 edition of The Carlisle Guide community phone book, also available at Town Hall.

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