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Friday, March 6, 2009

Missing: candidates for town office

Town Caucus on March 2 lacked sufficient nominations to fill all upcoming vacancies on the Board of Selectmen and Planning Board. While each board will have two openings when current terms expire at the end of June, only one name was placed in nomination for each board.

In the single contested race, Larissa Shyjan and Jay Luby will run for election to the Library Trustees. Vacancies for the Board of Assessors, Board of Health, Housing Authority and School Committee as well as the positions of Town Clerk and Moderator received the minimum number of nominations required.

The following officials are not seeking reelection when their terms expire this spring: Bruce Hendrickson of the Board of Assessors, Board of Health member Leslie Ann Cahill; Library Trustee Dale Ryder, Planning Board members Greg Peterson and Brian Larson, Selectman Alan Carpenito; and Town Moderator Tom Raftery.

Political party affiliation is not a consideration in the Town Caucus, which is convened annually prior to Town Elections in order to nominate candidates for office. Up to two candidates may be nominated for each opening. Elections will be held on Tuesday, May 12, a week after Town Meeting.

Town Clerk Charlene Hinton opened the meeting held in the Clark Room at Town Hall on Monday evening after the recent eight-inch snowstorm ended and thanked those assembled for “coming out on such a miserable night.” Selectman Tim Hult was chosen to serve as the moderator for the meeting. He explained the nomination process and asked people to correct any mistakes he might make, explaining “my mind is a little numb from snow shoveling and stock watching.

Nominations are listed in the table on page 5. When the process was complete and two positions were still without nominations, Hinton asked the group to suggest names one final time, half-jokingly reminding the Caucus, “They don’t have to be here to nominate them.” Hult added over chuckles, “Always an interesting thing to do…” No one took up the offer and the caucus adjourned.

Anyone who decides to run for election after the Caucus has two options. The first method is to obtain nomination papers from Hinton and return them by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 16, with the signatures of at least 26 registered Carlisle voters. Names of petition nominees will appear on the printed ballots along with those chosen by the Caucus.

The second option is to run as a write-in candidate. Voters must write the name and address of the candidate on their ballot with enough detail to uniquely identify the candidate from other residents with similar names. Pre-printed stickers are sometimes distributed to voters to simplify write-in voting.

The deadline to register to vote in the Town Election is Tuesday, April 14, when the Town Clerk’s Office will remain open until 8 p.m. ∆

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