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Nomination papers available for town elections

For more information about elections, contact the town clerk’s office at 802-251-8157. Forms and information are available on the town website,

BRATTLEBORO—Town Clerk Hilary Francis says that petitions are now available for town officers, town school district officers, and Town Meeting members.

Town elections take place Tuesday, March 5, at American Legion Post 5 on Linden Street. The Annual Representative Town Meeting takes place Saturday, March 23 at Brattleboro Area Middle School.

Petitions for town and town school district officers must contain at least 30 valid signatures of registered Brattleboro voters and be filed in the town clerk’s office no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 28, in order to have their names placed on the ballot.

Candidates for Town Meeting member must file a nomination petition with at least 10 valid signatures of voters from the district where the candidate lives.

Petitions of new candidates must be filed no later than 5 p.m. on Jan. 28 (the same date as town officer petitions).

Incumbents for Town Meeting Member must return their Notice of Intent form no later than 5 p.m. on Jan. 28.

Officers to be elected will fill seats now held by three members of the Selectboard: Chair Kate O’Connor’s three-year seat, and two one-year seats currently held by Shanta Lee Gander and Tim Wessel, respectively.

Also on the ballot are one-year seats for moderator (held by Lawrin Crispe), first constable (held by Richard H. Cooke), and town school director (Spoon Agave and Robin Morgan). One-year seats for lister and second constable are currently vacant.

Voters will also be asked to fill three-year seats for lister (held by Eric Annis), trustee of public funds (held by Marshall Wheelock), town school director (held by Jill Stahl-Tyler), and Brattleboro Union High School director (held by Robert Woodworth).

Open Town Meeting member slots as of last week include 30 in District 1, 16 in District 2, and 25 in District 3. More seats might need to be filled depending on how many incumbent members take out nomination papers.

The deadline for petitions to request an article be placed on the Representative Town Meeting warrant is Thursday, Jan. 17, at 5 p.m. The Town Meeting warrant must be posted by Jan. 24.

The annual BUHS District Meeting is Feb. 12. Early ballots for municipal voting will be available Feb. 13.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #492 (Wednesday, January 9, 2019). This story appeared on page A2.

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