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The Sherborn Citizens’ Caucus Committee has called this year’s Caucus to meet on Thursday, March 3 at 8 p.m. in the Sherborn Community Center located at 2 Sanger Street.
The Citizens’ Caucus is an annual nonpartisan event that provides a forum to encourage candidates to run for town office and give them an opportunity to meet with voters. All registered Sherborn voters are welcome to attend, nominate a candidate if they so choose or become a candidate, consider all the nominees and then elect those candidates to be designated Caucus Nominee on the ballot in the May 10 Town Election.
The Caucus Committee’s goal is to encourage awareness of the upcoming Town Election and to assure that at least one candidate for each office will appear on the town ballot. The Caucus Committee does not endorse any particular candidates.
Potential candidates are welcome to have someone nominate him or her in a two-minute or less speech that will introduce the candidate and highlight his or her experience, skills, interests or other information that establishes the person as a viable candidate. The at-mosphere of the evening is generally low-key and nominations are usually casual remarks rather than formal speeches.
All contested nominations are decided by secret ballot. Candidates who receive Caucus endorsement must accept their nomination in writing, and papers will be available that night for signing.
The following positions, and length of term, will be on the 2016 Town election ballot: Moderator for one year; two Selectmen for three-year terms; Collector for three-year term; Town Treasurer for three-year term; three Assessors, one for three years, one for two years, and one for a one year terms; two Sherborn School Committee members for 3 years;
Two Sawin Academy Trustees, one for five years, and one for four years; three Library Trustees for three years; Water Commissioner for three years; Cemetery Commissioner for three years; two Planning Board members for three years; Dover-Sherborn Regional School Committee for three years; Board of Health for three years; two Recreation Commissioners, one for three years, one for two years; and two Constables for three-year terms.
The Sherborn Citizens’ Caucus is organized this year by Caucus Committee members George Fiske and Janet P.B. Walsh, with the assistance of Jennifer Bethel. Committee members are elected annually at the close of caucus.