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There’s something about the ramp up to the town election that feels so much differently when you know that you’re not running!! About this time last year, I was at the town clerks office, picking up my nomination papers, and then running around meeting people, and getting signatures to place my name on the ballot. This year, I can relax a bit, help out my candidates, and watch the election results from the much less stressful position of my couch. The Town Clerk has announced that the nomination papers will be available on January 26th for the election to be held on May 4th, 2010. Anyone considering stepping up to serve their community should go on down that day and pick up their papers. I’m happy to sign anyones nomination forms so feel free to bring them to my house. My policy is I sign them all….whether I ultimately support someone in the election or not, because this is America, and anyone who wants to be on a ballot should have that opportunity…so count me in. Democracy in it’s purest form is an amazing thing.
This year will see a large number of important positions open for a race. We will have two School Committee seats up, as my colleagues Erin Canzano and John Samia have seats that are up for re-election, and they will likely run again. Both Moira Miller and John Lebeaux will complete their terms this year on the Board of Selectmen. I would presume that Moira will run again, but I’m not sure what John’s plans will be now that he took the job as town manager in Princeton. No idea yet if last years candidates Rashid and Andy may wish to throw their hats into the ring. Three library trustee slots will be open, and a time when the library is going through some important changes and challenges. Add to that housing authority and likely a bunch of town meeting members and you’ve got quite an election season.
So….anyone out there thinking of a run, congratulations to you for being willing to step up. If you have any questions about the process, need insight or ideas, by all means just ask and I’d be honored to lend an ear, and tell you of all that I learned last year (such as not putting signs up too early because they blow away).