Friday, March 17, 2006
Town Caucus yields only one contested office
A brief Town Caucus on Monday night resulted in one contested position for a three-year term on the Carlisle School Committee. Two vacancies received no nominations, and candidates for the remaining offices are currently running unopposed.
Forty citizens came to Town Hall and formed a quorum for the caucus, opened at 7:03 p.m. by Town Clerk Charlene Hinton. Under her aegis, Greg Peterson of Indian Hill Road nominated Wayne Davis of Concord Street to be the Moderator of the caucus. His nomination was quickly seconded and confirmed. Nominations then opened for the Caucus secretary. Marty Galligan of South Street nominated Marilyn Harte of Estabrook Road and Wayne Davis nominated Cindy Craft of Patch Meadow Lane. Marilyn Harte seconded that nomination, and Cindy Craft was elected secretary.
Without delay, Davis took over the meeting and began the process of nominating
candidates for some 13 offices and vacancies on town boards and committees,
explaining that should more than two candidates be nominated for any
one office, a run-off vote would determine which two of the candidates'
names will appear on the ballot. With one candidate clearly nominated,
a tie between any two of the other candidates would mean that three
names would appear on the ballot. As events unfolded, that explanation
was, unfortunately, somewhat unnecessary. However, the Caucus is not
the only way to secure a place on the ballot. Interested citizens who
wish to run for any of the open positions may also file nomination papers
at the Town Clerk's office by March 21 at 5 p.m. Nomination papers must
contain the signatures of 26 registered Carlisle voters, and candidates
must sign their acceptance of their nominations at the Town Clerk's
Candidates nominated at the Town Caucus have 48 hours to accept their nominations, by signature, in the Town Clerk's office. All candidates must also file pre- and post-election campaign financing forms and register any political committees to support their candidacies.
Moderator Davis asked for nominations (see table for details.) All the nominations were seconded and the slate was elected to the ballot by a clear majority, with Secretary Craft casting a single vote to accept it. So far, only the one three-year-term School Committee position is contested. It took a couple of rounds of nominations to manage to get a candidate for Assessor. Marty Galligan noted that Travis Snell did not yet know of his nomination. The second Planning Board position took two rounds as well, and there are still vacancies in one two-year position and one three-year position on the Board of Health. Hopefully candidates will come forward in the next week with nomination papers, at least for these offices.
At the end of the Caucus, Cindy Nock announced that the League of Women Voters is planning a candidates' forum on April 2 which will allow candidates to introduce themselves, air their platforms and answer questions from audience members. Plans are in the works to televise the forum on the local cable channel. The Town Caucus adjourned at 7:30 p.m.
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