Petitions available for RTM candidates

Residents interested in running for the Representative Town Meeting this year can now pick up a petition at the Town Clerk’s office.

Petitioners must gather 25 signatures from voters in their district in order to be on the ballot Nov. 5.

The completed petitions must be returned to the town clerk by Sept. 10.

“My staff will gladly review the instructions with the petitioner,” Town Clerk Patricia Strauss said in a statement. “A district map and a list of district voters will be supplied to aid each petitioner in gathering the required signatures.”

Members of the 36-member RTM are elected on a nonpartisan basis, with four delegates from each of the town’s nine voting districts. Members are elected for two-year terms.

RTM members vote on town appropriation requests of more than $20,000; approve town ordinances; vote on final approval of the town budget; serve on two or more committees that review and make recommendations regarding appropriations and ordinances; and review certain decisions of town boards and commissions.

For more information, contact Strauss at 203-341-1105 or

John Schwing