Wellesley residents invited to run for town-wide offices

Wellesley town hall decorationsFrom the Wellesley Town Clerk:

Nomination papers are now available for both town-wide offices and town meeting members for the March 5, 2013 annual town election. 

The offices on the ballot are:

Board of Selectmen, Board of Assessors, Board of Health, Natural Resources Commission, School Committee will elect one position for each board. These are three-year terms.

There are two positions available on Library Trustees, and Recreation Commission for three-year terms.

The Planning Board has one five-year term and 1 partial term for one year.

Board of Public Works has one three-year term and 1 partial term for one year.

Housing Authority has one five-year term.

The Moderator will be elected for a one-year term.

10 Town Meeting members will be elected for each precinct.

Candidates must obtain papers for town wide offices on or before 5 pm Jan. 20 and for Town Meeting on or before 5 pm Feb. 7. Candidates must obtain papers in person at the Town Clerk’s Office.

Please call town clerk Kathy Nagle at 781-431-1019 ext 2250 if you have any questions about running for municipal office.

We asked Kathy Nagle about whether the town provides any guidance to would-be candidates wondering how much of a commitment various positions might entail. She says candidates typically seek out existing or past town officials to get a feel for this. She writes:

“Wellesley relies heavily on citizen involvement at many levels to administer the municipal functions for the town. Generally people become involved in a subject matter that interests them, move into Town Meeting, get appointed to some special committee or study group and find networking contacts that prove interesting to them. From there we hope the citizen finds the interest level to pursue an elected office on the various policy boards. Over 200 residents in town fill these positions to  enhance our municipal life. We encourage residents with many professional backgrounds to think about contributing to Wellesley as a governmental entity.”

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