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Mitt Romney’s name appeared on the ballot twice in Belmont, his hometown, Tuesday: as a Republican presidential nominee and as a member of the Republican Town Committee.
Several Romneys, in fact, were among the 35 Republicans running for the town committee. In addition to the former Massachusetts governor, the list includes Ann Romney, his wife; and Taggart Romney, his son. This victory should be assured: the 35 candidates are running for 35 spots.
Town committees –- Republicans, Democrats and the Green Rainbow party have them – are designed to help elect members of their party. In Belmont, most of the 35 candidates on the Republican ballot, have been on the committee for a while, said Assistant Town Clerk Meg Piccione.
Mitt and Ann Romney have been on the Republican Town Committee since 2004. Taggart Rommey and his wife, Jennifer, have been committee members since 2008, according to Belmont Town Clerk Ellen O’Brien Cushman.
There was no word Tuesday about whether Romney, if elected to the committee, would make its regular meetings.
Romney himself voted early Tuesday evening at the Beech Street Center, the town’s senior center and the polling place for Precinct 5, where Romney has a house. His presence drew a mob of reporters and supporters to the small streets near the center. Helicopters hovered above.