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Election Slots Filling as Candidates File Nomination Papers

Mostly incumbents but also a challenger is preparing to have their name on the ballot.

The open positions for town-wide elected offices in Belmont are beginning to fill up as incumbents and a few challengers are taking out and returning nomination papers seeking to keep the seats they are now holding.

The town election is April 2. Nomination papers must be returned to the Town Clerk's office by Wednesday, Feb. 13. 

Ready to take another term in public office include Dan Scharfman (who has already returned the necessary number of signatures) and Laurie Slap who are looking to return to the School Committee.

In the first of the challengers, Deirdre Houtmeyers, the executive director at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Brighton, will be running for the seat on the Health Board currently held by Robert Eisendrath.

Mark Carthy and Sarah Phillips are each seeking an addition three-year term on the Board of Library Trustees. 

Ellen O'Brien Cushman is announcing today, Monday, Jan. 14, her intentions to retain the Town Clerk's position. 

In her campaign announcement – which can be read by going to the pdf file on this page – Cushman noted that in just under three months, "more than 5,900 people contacted or arrived at the Town Clerk’s office looking for some help," said Cushman.  

"I am proud to be working with the caring and competent staff of the Town Clerk’s office; we work as a team, we emphasize cross-training, customer service, accuracy and efficiency," she said.

In addition to town-wide committee and board seats, 96 seats in the 288 member Town Meeting are up for election; eight slots from each of the eight-voting precincts.

The Town Clerk’s web page contains information and links for precinct maps, campaigning, campaign finance, names of voters, election day activities and prohibitions, etc.

If you have any questions, please call the Town Clerk’s office at 617-993-2600 or send an email to townclerk@belmont-ma.gov

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