The Norwell Town Election is still a couple months away, but the deadline to obtain nomination papers and get them returned in time to be placed on the ballot is quickly approaching.
The annual Town Election is Saturday, May 19 and to date there is competition in two of the nine races.
The deadline to obtain nomination papers is Friday, March 30 and the deadline to return papers is Tuesday, April 3.
According to town clerk Patricia Anderson, people have waited until the last minute to take out and return the papers in the past to see who else is going to run.
So far, 11 Norwell residents have taken out papers and two have returned them, according to Anderson.
“The pace of which people have returned papers this year is pretty much the same as it has been in recent years,” said Anderson. “There, of course, is a lot of time to take papers out still and they have until the end of the month to return the papers and collect the 50 signatures that are required as well.”
With the exception of the town moderator, which is a one-year term, all of the seats are for three-year terms. Incumbents John Carnes Jr. and Fred Levin have taken out papers for the housing authority seats, incumbents Christine Smith and Monika Brodsky have taken out papers for the library trustee seats, and incumbent Peter Dillon has taken out papers for the water commissioner seat and for the board of health, which he was on previously.
There is a race for the one school committee seat and the two selectmen seats, as incumbent Marylou O’Leary has taken out and returned papers for school committee and newcomer Sejal Chokshi Kelly has taken out papers as well. Incumbents Peter Smellie, who has taken out and returned papers, and Alison Demong are running, along with newcomer Joseph Rull, who has taken out nomination papers.
There are several races that do not officially have anyone running in them as of yet. William Houser’s term is up for the board of assessors, but has not pulled papers. The same goes with William Coffey as the town moderator and Jamie Crystal-Lowry on the planning board.
Extra time for residents to register to vote has been offered. Residents can register on Mondays and Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays and 8 a.m. to noon on Fridays. On Tuesday, April 17, the town clerk’s office will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for this purpose, as this is the last day to register to vote in the May 19 Town Election.
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