Nomination paperwork deadline nearing for Wellesley townwide offices, town meeting

From the Town Clerk:

The Town of Wellesley depends on the active participation of its citizens in governance of the town.  Wellesley has 11 Boards and Committees elected at the Annual Town election each year in March.  The seats on these boards are staggered so that one or two seats are elected each year for 3 year terms. (Planning and Housing are 5 year terms)

Wellesley also has a representative Town Meeting for 240 members elected by voting precinct.  Town Meeting Members have staggered three year terms so 10 are elected each year from each precinct. Town Meeting meets in March/April to vote on  operating budgets, capital expenditures and bylaws for the town.

The process of our local elections begins with candidates obtaining nomination papers from the Town Clerk.  Candidates then solicit signatures of registered voters and return the papers to the Town Clerk for certification.

Nomination papers are available beginning December 7, 2016 for both town-wide offices and town meeting members. Candidates must obtain papers for town wide offices on or before 5 pm January 13 and for Town Meeting on or before 5 pm January 31.

The offices on the ballot for the March 7, 2017 election are: 1 seat each for Board of Assessors, Board of Public Works,  Planning Board and Board of Health, Housing Authority (3 years, and Moderator (1 year); 2 seats each for Board of Selectmen, School Committee, Library Trustees, Natural Resources Commission and Recreation Commission; all 10 Town Meeting seats for each precinct.

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