Nominees needed to run for members of Shrewsbury Town Meeting


Nominees needed to run for members of Shrewsbury Town Meeting
Shrewsbury members gather in the field house in 2021. (Photo by/Laura Hayes)

SHREWSBURY – Do you want to have a direct voice in how your tax dollars are spent? You might consider running to be a member of the 2023 Annual Town Meeting.

Under Shrewsbury’s governmental structure, representatives from each of the town’s 10 precincts are elected to serve as voting members at Town Meeting. The public is invited to attend and may speak on any warrant item, but only members can vote.

There are 81 open member seats, spread over the 10 precincts, to be decided at the May 2 election. According to Sharyn Thomas, there is still a need for nominees to fill those seats.

Last week, Thomas posted an announcement to the town clerk’s page on the town website encouraging people to take out nomination papers for election as a Town Meeting member.

“Town Meeting member candidates must be a registered voter and must submit a minimum of 10 signatures of registered voters who reside in the candidate’s precinct,” the announcement read.

Nomination papers are available at the town clerk’s office and are due back on March 14.

The Annual Town Meeting is May 15 at 7 p.m. at Oak Middle School. 

The Select Board approved the Town Meeting dates. The board will review the warrant March 14, and the deadline for citizen petitions is March 21.

They will sign the warrant March 28. The Finance Committee will then hold a public hearing, and the Select Board will vote on their recommendations. 

Pre-Town Meeting will be May 11.

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