How to Run for Office and Town Meeting 2024

Guide and Workshop

Nomination papers for candidates running for Town Offices and Town Meeting Members will be available in the Town Clerk’s Office beginning Tuesday, January 2, 2024, for the Annual Town Election to be held on Tuesday, April 9, 2024.

Town Offices

Candidates for Town Office must obtain at least 50 valid signatures of registered voters town wide.  The last day to file nomination papers with the Board of Registrars is Tuesday, February 20, 2024.

The following slate of offices will be on the April ballot: Two Members of the Select Board for Three Years; Town Clerk for One Year; One Assessor for Three Years; Two Members of School Committee for Three Years; One Trustee of Memorial Park (trustee of soldiers’ memorials – veteran) for Three Years; One Trustee of Memorial Park (trustee of soldiers’ memorials – non-veteran) for Three Years;  Two Trustees of Needham Public Library for Three Years; Two Members of Board of Health for Three Years; One Member of Planning Board for Five Years; One Member of Needham Housing Authority for Five Years; One Commissioner of Trust Funds for Three Years; Two Members of Park and Recreation Commission for Three Years.

Town Clerk

A one-year term for the position of Town Clerk will be on the 2024 ballot. Town Clerk is a three-year term, but this election will determine who will fill a vacancy for the remainder of the term.

Town Meeting

New Town Meeting Member candidates must obtain at least 10 valid signatures of registered voters in their precinct. The last day for new Town Meeting Member candidates to file nomination papers with the Board of Registrars is Tuesday, February 20, 2024.  Incumbent Town Meeting Members must return the written acceptance form (which they will receive in the mail) to the Town Clerk’s Office by Tuesday, February 13.

The following Town Meeting Member positions will be on the ballot:

Eight Town Meeting Members from Precinct A for Three Years; Eight Town Meeting Members from Precinct B for Three Years; One Town Meeting Member from Precinct B for One Year; Eight Town Meeting Members from Precinct C for Three Years; Eight Town Meeting Members from Precinct D for Three Years; Eight Town Meeting Members from Precinct E for Three Years; Eight Town Meeting Members from Precinct F for Three Years; Eight Town Meeting Members from Precinct G for Three Years; Eight Town Meeting Members from Precinct H for Three Years; Eight Town Meeting Members from Precinct I for Three Years; Eight Town Meeting Members from Precinct J for Three Years.

Candidates for re‑election will be listed on the ballot first, in alphabetical order, followed by new candidates in alphabetical order.  For information call the Town Clerk’s Office at 455‑7500 x 216.

Source: http://www.needhamma.gov/townclerk

Download the Guide. Note the links in the embedded pdf below will only function if the file is downloaded.

Guide for Running for Town Office and TM

 

Watch How to Run for Office and Town Meeting

On Monday, January 10, 2022, on Zoom, the League of Women Voters of Needham presented a workshop for Needham voters interested in running for an elected board, office, or Town Meeting Member. Although the workshop was prior to the 2022 Town Election, most of the information is applicable to the April 9, 2024 Town election. The exception is any reference to all 240 Town Meeting Members seats on the ballot as was the case in 2022. In 2024, 81 of the Town Meeting Member seats will be on the ballot.

Above: How to Run for Office and Town Meeting panelists (clockwise) Town Meeting Member Kim Knickle, LWVN Voter Service Chair (at the time) Karen Price, Select Board member Marcus Nelson, LWVN President Carol Patey, Town Clerk Tedi Eaton, and Town Moderator Michael Fee.

Watch the 2022 workshop below, from The Needham Channel.