Local ballots taking shape ahead of Town Meeting Day

Town meeting is Tuesday, March 6, and candidates for local town and school board offices have until Monday at 5 p.m. to file petitions with their town clerks to get on the ballot.

Candidates must collect 30 signatures from registered voters in their town to complete their petition according to state law.

As of Tuesday in Charlotte, several petitions had already been filed by candidates:

Town Clerk Mary Mead, had filed for positions of clerk, treasurer and delinquent tax collector; Hugh Lewis, Jr., for road commissioner; Betsy Tegatz, for a three-year term as lister; and Mo Harvey, for a three-year spot as trustee of public funds.

Selectboard member Matthew Krasnow, had picked up a petition for a two-year seat on the board but had not returned it yet, according to the town clerk’s office. Carrie Spear’s three-year seat on the selectboard is also on the March ballot, and she has taken out a petition to run again but not returned it, according to Assistant Town Clerk Christina Booher.

Others with petitions out were Charles Russell, for town moderator; Katharine Cohen, for library trustee; Jim Lowrey for trustee of public funds and Allen Ash for town grand juror.

A handful of other offices still had sparked no interest from potential candidates including offices of cemetery commissioner, auditor and lister.

In Hinesburg, selectboard member Tom Ayer had already filed his petition for a two-year term; board chair Phil Pouech, has a petition out for a three-year term, according to Town Clerk Melissa Ross.

Mary Jo Brace had already filed a petition for a spot as cemetery trustee. Frank Twarog had picked up petitions for moderator and Peck Estate trustee, Ross said.

No petitions had been taken out for library trustee positions, grand juror, or town agent, Ross said.

Elections are also being held for school director positions with the Champlain Valley School District. There are four two-year term school director positions up for grabs this year. Petitions for these spots are also due Monday at 5 p.m.

Jeffrey Martin has picked up a petition for a school board seat representing Charlotte seat but had not returned it yet. Lynne Jaunich, a current CVSD school board member, has filed a petition to run for the final two years of a four-year seat she currently holds. Jaunich was appointed to fill a seat vacated by Mark McDermott last year; she needs to seek election for the remainder of the term.

No school directors are up for re-election in Hinesburg.

Town meeting in Charlotte will be held in the Charlotte Central School multi-purpose room at 9 a.m. on March 6 with voting by paper ballot from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

In Hinesburg, town meeting takes place on Monday, March 5 at 7 p.m. at Champlain Valley Union High School. Voting takes place at the Hinesburg Town Hall from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6.

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