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How to run for town office in Belmont

Posted by Evan Allen  December 31, 2012 11:08 AM

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Belmont residents looking to run for town office in the April 2 town-wide election should have their nomination papers in to the Town Clerk’s office by Feb. 12 to have signatures certified.

Anyone who wishes to take out nomination papers should go to the Town Clerk’s office with identification to fill out a nomination form. Nomination papers require signatures from registered Belmont voters. Town-wide offices require at least 50 signatures, according to the clerk, and Town Meeting members require at least 25. The clerk advises residents to collect extra signatures to allow for drop-offs, such as non-voters, voters of another precinct, or illegible signatures.

There is one open seat on the Board of Selectmen, one open seat on the Board of Health, and two open seats on the School Committee, among others. There will be a minimum of 12 open seats in Town Meeting, and that number is likely to rise as current members decide whether to run again, according to the town clerk.

Information about precinct maps, campaign finance, names of voters and election day activities and prohibitions can be found here.

Anyone with questions should call the Town Clerk at 617-993-2600 or email townclerk@belmont-ma.gov.

Evan Allen can be reached at evan.allen@globe.com

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