~ Submitted by the Bedford League of Women Voters
The Town’s elected boards can only operate effectively when they are fully staffed. Ideally, at the Town Election on March 11, registered voters will have choices to ensure that board members represent the community. For the upcoming spring election there are 13 open positions on seven boards and committees.
To date, there is one announced candidate and The Citizen is just beginning to hear which incumbents plan to run for an additional term. During the coming weeks The Bedford Citizen will publish campaign announcements and announcements from incumbents who have decided not to run for another term.
Here is the list of positions that will appear on the March 11, 2023 ballot:
|Select Board||Two seats for three year terms|
|Planning Board||Two seats for three year terms|
|Library Trustee||Two seats for three year terms|
|Board of Health||Two seats for three year terms|
|Housing Authority||One seat for a five year term|
|Assessor||One seat for a three year term|
One seat for a one year term
|School Committee||Two seats for three year terms|
Now is the time to consider how you might offer your skills, knowledge, and experience to be part of Town Government. Consider the list of open positions and identify where you might want to serve. Use the Town website (https://www.bedfordma.gov/) to learn more about the role and responsibilities of a given board. Attend or watch meetings to experience how the board or committee functions.
If you decide to “toss your hat into the ring,” send a letter announcing your candidacy to The Bedford Citizen for publication and contact the Town Clerk to secure nomination papers. Then reserve the evening of Jan. 10 for Town Caucus. (More on the Town Caucus in a future article.)