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BLOG Call for Candidates

The Old Saybrook Town Committee Nominating Committee is interested in speaking with town residents interested in running for positions on municipal boards and commissions in the November 2021 election cycle.

Elected boards and commissions include:

  • Board of Selectmen (each one of these would link to the page for the appropriate board/comm)
  • Town Treasurer
  • Tax Collector
  • Board of Finance
  • Board of Education
  • Board of Assessment Appeals
  • Planning Commission
  • Police Commission
  • Zoning Commission
  • Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Parks and Recreation Commission
  • Harbor Management Commission

The process for interested town residents is to speak with the Nominating Committee about the position they are interested in serving as a candidate.  The nominating committee then presents a slate of candidates to the full Democratic Town Committee, no later than July 26, 2021.

Boards and Commissions have different meeting schedules, responsibilities and terms.  Interested town residents are encouraged to attend the board or commission meeting that they are interested in serving on.  At present, all board and commission meetings are held virtually.

A candidate information meeting will be held virtually on April 21, 2021 at 7pm.  Pre-registration is recommended for this event.  This event will serve as an opportunity to speak with current board and commission members to better understand the role and responsibilities of membership and service.

Interested candidates can email oldsaybrookdemocrats@gmail.com to express interest.

 

Available Positions on Upcoming November Municipal Election Ballot

 

Boards/Commissions/Elected Officials Total # of Members/2021 Ballot Positions Term Length
Assessment Appeals 3 member board / 3 positions on ballot 2 year term  2023
Board of Education 9 member board / 5 positions on ballot 4 year term  2025
Board of Finance 7 member board / 4 positions on ballot 4 year term  2025
Harbor Management 5 member commissions / 2 positions on ballot 4 year term  2025
Parks and Recreation 7 member commission / 3 positions on ballot 4 year term  2025
Planning 5  member commission / 2 positions on ballot 4 year term  2025
  Planning:  to fill an unexpired term 5 member commission / 1 position on ballot 2 year term  2023
  Planning Alternates* 3 alternates / 3 positions (not on ballot) 2 year term  2023
Police Commission 7 member commission / 4 positions on ballot 4 year term  2025
  Police Commission: to fill an unexpired term 7 member commission / 1 position on ballot 2 year term  2023
First Selectman 1 position on board / 1 position per party on ballot 2 year term  2023
Selectmen 2 positions on board / 2 positions per party on ballot 2 year term  2023
Tax Collector 1 position / 1 position per party on ballot 4 year term  2025
Town Clerk 1 position / 1 position per party on ballot 4 year term  2025
Treasurer  (part time position) 1 position / 1 position per party on ballot 4 year term  2025
Zoning Board of Appeals 5 member board /3 positions on ballot 4 year term  2025
  ZBA:  Alternates* 3 alternates /3 positions (not on ballot) 2 year term  2023
Zoning 5 member commission / 2 positions on ballot 4 year term  2025
  Zoning:  Alternates* 3 alternates / 3 positions  (not on ballot) 2 yeat term  2023

NOTE: *Alternate position on the Land Use Boards (Planning, ZBA, and Zoning) are nominated but do not appear on the November 2, 2021 Municipal Election ballot.  Vote is taken at the Annual Town Meeting held on the 4th Monday of November:  November 22, 2021.

 

Town Democratic Openings and Appointments by Selectmen

 Vacancies

Economic Development Commission:  Alternate Member Vacancy to fill unexpired term ending in 11/2022.  Current Alternate elevated to regular member.

 Planning Commission:  Alternate Member Vacancy.  Term will expire in 11/2021

Town Committee:  Vacancy.  Term to expire March 2022.  Candidates will be elected by DTC, after recommendations from the Nominating Committee.

If you are interested in applying or know of a good candidate for any of these positions,  please send an email of interest to Colin Heffernan, Nominating Committee Chair at  jcolinheffernan@gmail.com   or to John O’Brien, Town Committee Chair at :  john_hlr@yahoo.com

Planning Commission Alternate :  Meghan Jouflas filling unexpired term ending 11/2021.
Architectural Review Board:  Alternate:  Tina Rupp filing unexpired term to end on 09/2022.

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