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Lunenburg Aims to Fill Nearly 20 Local Government Seats

February 4, 2019

LUNENBURG -- The call is going out to residents looking to get involved in local government.

Town Clerk Kathryn Herrick announced that anyone interested in appearing on the ballot in the town’s next election should attend the Citizens Party Caucus on March 11. Nomination papers are also available at the Town Clerk’s office.

“It’s important that people run and serve,” Herrick said.

The town is seeking to fill nearly 20 positions in the May 18, including selectmen, town clerk, constable and assessor. Most of the positions are for three-year terms.

“This is how we take care of business here,” Herrick said. “If nobody runs then whoever is left on the committees will appoint someone until the next election.”

Herrick said the number of people interested in appearing on the ballot varied depending on the positions available during each election.

“Once in a awhile we have more (nominees) than we need, but that’s pretty rare,” Herrick said.

Other open seats include two school committee members, two library trustees, cemetery commissioner, and two planning board members. There are two parks commissioner positions available, one a one-year term and the other for three years.

Herrick said the election was an opportunity for residents to become involved in their town’s operations.

“You’re serving the public, whether you’re elected or appointed,” Herrick said. “It’s one of the best ways to serve.”

Herrick said papers must be returned to her office with a minimum of 50 valid signatures on or before 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 29. The Annual Town Election will be held at Turkey Hill Elementary School on March 11.

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