Wellesley Town Offices
How to Run for Office in Wellesley
(Revision 1/4/17)

THE NEXT ANNUAL TOWN ELECTION WILL BE MARCH 7, 2017

                                                                  
Town Wide Officers and Town Meeting Members are elected to staggered terms annually in March.  
The Town Bylaw requires the annual town election to be held the first Tuesday in March.  

TABLE OF OFFICES REVISED 1.4.17

TOWN WIDE BOARDS                        
MEMBERS
2017 seats to be elected

TOWN MEETING
240  members
2017 seats
to be elected

Board of Assessors                      
3
1 Three year
Precinct A
30
10
Board of Health
3
1 Three year
Precinct B
30
11
Board of Public Works
3
1 Three year
Precinct C
30
11
Board of Selectmen
5
2 Three year
Precinct D
30
11
Housing Authority                       
5
1 FOUR year

Precinct E
30
10
Library Trustees
6
2 Three year
Precinct F
30
10
Moderator
1
1 One year
Precinct G
30
10
Natural Resources Commission
5
2 Three Year

Precinct H
30
11
Planning Board
5
1 Five year
1 One Year (due to resgination filed 1/4/17)


* Each precinct elects 10 members and fills open seats if any.
Recreation Commission
5
1 Three year

School Committee
5
2 Three year
Town Clerk
1
not until 2018


LOCAL ELECTION CALENDAR -DEADLINE DATES REVISED 12/1/16

INSTRUCTIONS FOR CANDIDATES FOR TOWN WIDE OFFICE

1.      The candidate must be a resident of the Town, and for certain offices a registered voter.  Check the by-law if this is an issue.
2.      The Candidate must personally obtain Nomination papers from the Town Clerk.  These forms are available 90 days prior to the Annual Town Election, December 7, 2016 for the 2017 Annual Town Election.  The candidate will supply name, address, phone, email and sign for the papers.  This information is public information.
3.      Signatures of fifty voters registered in the Town are required (any precinct), although it is recommended that more be obtained.
4.      The deadline to “take out papers” is January 13, 2107 5:00 pm.
5.      Papers must be returned to the Town Clerk for certification no later than 5:00 p.m. on January 17, 2017.
6.      Candidates for re-election for Town Wide offices must also obtain signatures, unlike Town Meeting Member candidates.
7.      We request the use of your email address for election related messages and for Town Meeting communication if you are elected. This email is intended for the use of the Town Clerk to notify candidates and Town Meeting Members of events or information of interest to them. The list is a public record.
8.      Elected candidates must be sworn in by the Town Clerk prior to exercising their office.

If the candidate intends to solicit funds or spend money on the campaign a committee must be formed in advance and campaign finance requirements must be followed.  Please request a handbook and forms or see state Office of Campaign and Political Finance website for further information http://www.ocpf.net/guides/mun_office_2010.pdf
                                                





Town Meeting Members are elected annually at the March Annual Town Election to staggered three year terms by precinct.Each precinct will elect 10 town meeting members in 2017. (and fill any vacant seats)

Incumbent Town Meeting members are required to file a letter stating their intent to become a candidate for re-election 45 days prior to the Annual Town Election.  A form for this purpose is mailed to all incumbents in December.  The return notice date for the March 2017 Annual Town Election is Tuesday January 24, 2017.

New Town Meeting Member candidates must obtain nomination papers. Papers are available from the Town Clerk beginning December 7, 2016. Deadline to obtain papers is January 27, 2017.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR CANDIDATES FOR TOWN MEETING

1.      In order to be candidate for Town Meeting Member, one must reside in the precinct from which one desires to run.
2.      Nomination papers must be obtained in person from the Town Clerk’s Office beginning December 7, 2016 and ending Janaury 27, 2017
3.      Ten signatures of registered voters from the precinct are required.
4.      It is recommended that each candidate obtain more than the minimum of ten signatures in the event that any of the signatures cannot be certified.
5.      The nomination papers must be returned to the Board of Registrars (Town Clerk’s Office) for certification no later than Tuesday JANUARY 31, 2017, 5 pm.
6.       Drawing of names for position on the ballot will be on February 2, 2017 at 10:00 am at Town Hall.  Candidates are welcome to observe but rarely attend.
7.      Any current Town Meeting Member who is running for re-election need only complete and return the notice of intent to run by January 24, 2017.
8.      There are no campaign finance reporting requirements for Town Meeting Candidates.
9.      We request the use of your email address for election related messages and for Town Meeting communication if you are elected. This email is intended for the use of the Town Clerk to notify candidates and Town Meeting Members of events or information of interest to them. The list is a public record.
10.     The Election is March 7, 2017.  Polls open 7 am – 8 pm.
11.     Town Meeting is currently expected to begin March 27/28 and continue weekly until the business is completed.
12.     Elected Candidates will be invited to attend an orientation meeting with the Moderator, usually the week prior to the beginning of Town Meeting.
13.     Elected candidates will be sworn into office at the first night of the Annual Town Meeting.


A list of incumbent Town Officers and Town Meeting Members is available on this website.