Running for Elected Office

Candidates seeking elected office must "run" for office by obtaining Nomination Papers from the Office of the Town Clerk, obtain necessary signatures of voters, and file papers by appropriate deadline. Each candidate shall file with the Town Clerk, prior to obtaining blank nomination papers, a written statement containing his/her name and address, and the town office for which he/she intends to be a candidate. The Board of Registrars must certify each candidate's voter registration status prior to candidates qualifying to obtain nomination papers. Upon certification of sufficient signatures for all candidates seeking nomination to the offices for which papers had been obtained, the candidate qualifies to have his/her name on the ballot for the election.

Offices to be Elected at Annual Town Election on March 31, 2020

Nomination papers will be available on Tuesday, January 7, 2020.  Candidates are required to have 50 signatures certified to appear on the ballot.  Candidates are encouraged to obtain more than 50 signatures from registered voters.   Nomination papers must be returned no later than Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 4:00 p.m. to the Town Clerk’s Office for certification by the Board of Registrars.

The list below are the Offices and Terms that will appear on the ballot and, for informational purposes only on this website, are the current office holders:
 

Expiring Town-Wide Office    Term LengthCurrent Office Holder

Moderator

 

3 years

Dennis J. Berry

Board of Selectmen

 

3 years

Cherry C. Karlson

Board of Selectmen

 

3 years

Douglas A. Levine

School Committee

 

3 years

Nathaniel Buffum

School Committee

 

3 years

Jeanne Downs

Board of Assessors

 

3 years

Jayson S. Brodie

Board of Assessors

 

3 years

Philip David Parks (interim)

Planning Board

 

5 years

Jennifer M. Steel

-

 

-

-

Board of Health

 

3 years

Susan Erica Green

Board of Health

 

3 years

Arnold R. Soslow 

-

 

-

-

Commissioner of Trust Funds

 

3 years

Russell T. Kopp

Library Trustee

 

3 years

Aida A. Gennis

Library Trustee

 

3 years

Leah B. Hart

Board of Public Works

 

3 years

Patrick M. Murphy (interim)

Recreation Commissioner

 

3 years

Christopher Ryan Fay

Housing Authority

 

5 years

Susan Weinstein

Informational Fact Sheets & Guides:
Candidates for Muncipal Office Guide
Common Errors Made When Completing Campaign Finance Reports
Public Employees & Campaigns
Public Employees, Public Resources and Political Activity Guide

Campaign Finance Information (links coming soon):
Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance Website
Massachusetts Office of Campaign & Political Finance Website - Forms & Publications
Statement of Organization - Candidates
Statement of Organization - Ballot Question Committee

Muncipal Candidate Filing Reports (links on this page coming soon, see Campaign Finance Reports link):

CPF M 102 & Instructions for completing
CPF M 102-0  - No Financial Activity

Candidates and their committees, if any, are required by statute to file periodic campaign finance reports and are also responsible for the legality, validity, completeness and accuracy of their reports. The following is a schedule for filing reports.  These reports must be filed whether or not money has been raised or expended during the reporting period and whether or not the candidate is nominated or elected.  Reports are due to the local election official by the close of business on the day the report is due.  All forms, as well as filing software, are available on the OCPF website.

•  Pre-Election Report: Due on or before the 8th day preceding the city or town general election, complete from the day following the ending date of the last report filed through 10 days before the due date

•  Post-Election Report: Due on or before the 30th day following the general election complete from the day following the ending date of the last report filed through 10 days before the due date. This report may be considered a final report if the candidate/committee has no cash balance, assets or outstanding liabilities. Most spring elections occur in towns.

•  Year-End Report:  Due on or before January 20 in the year following, complete from the day following the ending date of the last report filed through December 31. This year-end report must also be filed every year so long as a committee is in existence, or a candidate maintains a campaign fund, has outstanding debts, or is an incumbent elected official. 

The Town Clerk's Office publishes campaign finance reports for candidtes reporting activity over $1,000.

Political Signs
Candidates must conduct campaign sign holding efforts in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws and the Code of Massachusetts Regulations ijncluding, but not limited to 950 C.M.R. 52.03(22)(d); 950 C.M.R. 53.03(18)(d); 950 C.M.R. 54.04(22)(d).

Candidates and sign holders are prohibited from remaining within 150 feet of a poll entrance to greet and/or promote any candidacy or cause to be voted at an election. No person shall solicit votes for or against, or otherwise promote or oppose, any person or political party or position on a ballot question to be voted on at the current election while within 150 feet of a poll. This regulation does not restrict the rights of these individuals to vote or the rights of candidates to have observers within the polling place.

Electioneering
Candidates and/or ballot question committee members must conduct electioneering in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws and the Code of Massachusetts Regulations including, but not limited to, 950 C.M.R. 52.03(22)(d); 950 C.M.R. 53.03(18)(d); 950 C.M.R. 54.04(22)(d).

Candidates and/or ballot question committee members are prohibited from remaining within 150 feet of a poll entrance to greet and/or promote any candidacy or cause to be voted at an election. No person shall solicit votes for or against, or otherwise promote or oppose, any person or political party or position on a ballot question to be voted on at the current election while within 150 feet of a poll. This regulation does not restrict the rights of these individuals to vote or the rights of candidates to have observers within the polling place.

How to Run For Office as a Write-In Candidate
A person can seek nomination and election without filing nomination papers to have their name printed as a candidate on the ballot by conducting a write-in or sticker campaign. All ballots must have an area designated as a write-in space. This space allows a voter to physically write in the name of a person other than those names already printed on the ballot and thereby obtain a vote. A “sticker campaign” is when a candidate provides voters with stickers containing the candidate’s name as registered to affix on the ballot in the area for write-ins. A voter need not use the sticker to have such vote counted for the sticker candidate. He or she can physically write in the name of that candidate.

The first step in running for office as a write-in or sticker candidate is checking with local election officials about any particular technicalities involved, such as enrollment or residency requirements. Also, while not required, our Office strongly recommends notifying your local election officials of your intention to run as a write-in or sticker candidate. When notified, the local election officials can inform precinct officials to carefully count all write-ins or stickers.

Informing the public of your candidacy will be your primary activity. To vote for a write-in or sticker candidate, voters are being asked to extend themselves beyond customary voting practices of simply filling in an oval, connecting an arrow or marking an ‘X’ next to a name on the ballot. Accordingly, you have to inform voters of the procedures to follow so that their votes are valid and counted.