Friday, March 14, 2003
Town caucus set for March 24 12 vacancies to be filled at election on May 13
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 24 at 7 p.m. in the Clark Room at Town Hall. This year, twelve positions need to be filled, including two on the board of selectmen, three on the planning board and one on the Carlisle School Committee. Town moderator Sarah Brophy has announced she will not seek re-election. Any U.S. citizen who is a registered voter in Carlisle can be nominated as a candidate or may place a name in nomination. A quorum of 25 Carlisle voters is required for the caucus. Town elections will be held on Tuesday, May 13.
Running for office
The simplest route to becoming a candidate for a town office is to be nominated at the caucus. Any registered voter in Carlisle can be nominated at the caucus, whether present or not. If more than two names are placed in nomination for any position, a vote will be taken at the caucus and only the top two vote getters will be placed on the ballot.
If you are not nominated at the caucus, you can still place your name on the ballot by filling out a "Town Nomination Paper," available at the town clerk's office at Town Hall, and obtaining 20 signatures. Only signatures of voters registered in the Town of Carlisle will be counted. Nomination papers must be filed with the town clerk by 5:00 p.m. on March 31.
Finally, you may get elected by organizing write-in votes. Two years ago 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.
Offices up for election this year are:
Planning board member Michael Epstein resigned earlier this year and David Freedman was appointed by the selectmen to fill the position until the town election. The remaining three years of Epstein's term will be filled at the town election in May. The term of office on the planning board is normally five years.
Information on each of the offices and the incumbent's duties can be found in the publication "Know Your Town" available at Town Hall.
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