Friday, March 5, 2004
Town caucus to fill 16 vacancies on March 15 Entire Planning Board to be re-elected
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 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the Clark Room at Town Hall. This year, sixteen positions will need to be filled. Any U.S. citizen who is a registered voter in Carlisle may 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 May 11.
Planning Board transition
The Planning Board is in a transitional year, with all positions up for election. The 2003 Spring Town Meeting voted to change the Planning Board term of office from five years to three, and provided for the transition. In order to stagger the terms of the seven-member board, this year two members will be elected to one-year terms, two to two year terms, and the remaining three to full three-year terms. In the future, all Planning Board terms will be three years.
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 may 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 and campaign finance papers must be filed with the Town Clerk by 5:00 p.m. on March 22.
Finally, you may get elected by organizing write-in votes. Three 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.
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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