The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, March 29, 2002


Caucus names candidates for open positions

On Monday the annual town caucus convened at Town Hall to nominate candidates for offices that will be vacated at the end of June. While the crowd was not large, numbering approximately 35 registered Carlisle voters, at least one candidate for each town office was nominated except for the vacancy on the board of health. The following morning, however, board of health incumbent Lisa Davis Lewis took out papers for nomination by petition.

Hooray! Three school committee candidates emerge

Newly-nominated Carlisle School Committee (CSC) candidates chat with current CSC members after the town caucus on Monday night. From left, are CSC chair Suzanne Whitney Smith, candidate Christy Barbee, CSC member Paul Morrison and candidate Mike Fitzgerald. Not pictured is CSC candidate Nicole Burkel. (Photo by Lois d'Annunzio)
While it is good news that there is a candidate for each open position, most will run unopposed. The exception is the welcome surprise that three new candidates emerged for the Carlisle School Committee (CSC) after current CSC members Cindy Nock and Harry Crowther announced that they planned to retire.

A majority of those nominated are incumbents running for re-election, including town moderator Sarah Brophy, selectmen John Ballantine and Vivien Chaput, assessor Charles Ferraro, housing authority member Alan Lehotsky, and planning board chair Michael Abend. New candidates include the three running for school committee, Nicole Burkel, Christy Barbee and Michael Fitzgerald, and Phil Conti running for library trustee.

After the caucus, former chair of the Carlisle Board of Selectmen Mike Fitzgerald addressed a possible conflict-of-interest arising from his assuming a school committee membership while his wife Susan Fitzgerald is a fourth-grade special education teacher at the Carlisle School. "My understanding is I should abstain from discussions of [teachers'] union contracts and salary. It will be the same as when I was a selectman and had to excuse myself from discussions of payroll warrants." He pointed out that other members of town boards manage similar apparent conflicts, and added, "In a small town it's hard to avoid."

You still can run

There is still time to get on the ballot. If you are at least eighteen years of age and a registered voter in Carlisle, you may may place your name on the ballot 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.

Or, you can organize a campaign and run as a write-in candidate.

2002 The Carlisle Mosquito