Friday, March 5, 2010
No contest for Selectman, open slot for School Committee
There are not enough candidates running to fill upcoming openings in town government and as it stood at the close of the Town Caucus on Monday, March 1, all candidates are running unopposed. There are two openings on the Carlisle School Committee, but as of press time on Wednesday, there was only one person running. The names of candidates (see table below) will appear on the ballot for the Annual Town Election to be held on Tuesday, May 18.
Larry Bearfield of North Road was the single candidate nominated to replace Tim Hult, who is not running for re-election to the Board of Selectmen. Town Clerk Charlene Hinton opened the meeting, which Hult moderated. Hult said, “There’s always a sigh of relief when there’s at least one candidate for each office, but it makes it a better process if we have contests.” He added, “It makes the dialogue more rich.”
When only one name was put forward for the two open slots on the Carlisle School Committee (CSC), Hinton noted that a candidate did not have to be present to be nominated and Susan Stamps then nominated Patti Hartigan of Cross Street, who was not present. However, Hartigan later decided not to run.
Four other absent nominees were all candidates for re-election. Steve Perlman was one, who was nominated to another five-year term on the Housing Authority. “Five short years,” Hult said, smiling. “It goes by just like that.”
Interested candidates who missed the caucus still have time to place their name on the ballot. Candidates need to contact the Town Clerk for nomination papers and collect signatures of 26 registered voters by 5 p.m. on March 15. (The number of signatures is set at 1% of the number of votes cast in Carlisle’s most recent gubernatorial election.) It is also possible to run as a write-in candidate. Hult urged anyone considering this option to contact Hinton to learn the correct procedure. ∆
* Storrs was appointed to the Carlisle School Committee last month to complete the term of Wendell Sykes, who resigned.
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