Friday, July 31, 2009

This is an election year for Franklin

Did you know this was an election year?
Yes, Franklin voters get to decide who will serve in the open positions shown in the table below.

Do we know who is running for these positions yet?
No, the nomination papers will be available from Deborah L. Pellegri, the Town Clark, beginning Monday, August 10th. You can take out nomination papers up until September 11th. All papers need to be returned by September 15th.

So we won't know who is running until September 15th?
Officially, yes. It is likely that as the people declare they are running there will be some announcements, press releases, etc. as their campaign gets underway.

Will Franklin Matters cover the election?
Yes, I will be providing as much information here as I can obtain. My disclosure statement can be found here or in the right column on the Franklin Matters blog.

When is election day?
DATE: TUESDAY, November 3, 2009
TIME: 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM

When is the last day to register to vote?
October 14, 2009 at 8:00 PM at the Town Clerk’s Office, First Floor, 355 East Central Street, Municipal Building.

What if I am going to be out of town on November 3rd?
Absentee ballots will be available beginning October 13th.

What do I need to do to get an absentee ballot?
Absentee ballots are now available in the Town Clerk’s office. A registered voter who will be unable to vote at the polls on election day due to the following reasons may vote absentee up to 12:00 noon the day before the election:
(1) absence from your city or town during normal polling hours; or
(2) physical disability preventing you from going to the polling place; or
(3) religious belief.

All absentee requests must be made in writing with an original signature (no faxes or e-mails are accepted). If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call Deborah L. Pellegri, Town Clerk, at 508-520-4900.

Name # of Openings Incumbent Term of Office
Board of Assessors 1 Position (For 4 years) Robert Avakian 2009 to 2013

Board of Health 1 Position (For 4 years) Bruce Hunchard 2009 to 2013

Planning Board 2 Position (For 4 years) Anthony Padula 2009 to 2013

* 1Vacant
2009 to 2013

Planning Board (Associate) * 1 vacant position (For 4 Years)
2009 to 2013

Town Council 9 Positions (For 2 Years) Joseph McGann 2009 to 2011

Deborah Bartlett

R. Scott Mason

Christopher Feeley

Judith Pond Pfeffer

Thomas Doak

Shannon Zollo

Robert Vallee

Stephen Whalen

School Committee 7 Positions (For 2 Years) Cora Armenio 2009 to 2011

Susan Rohrbach

Paula Mullen

Edward Cafasso

Roberta Trahan

Matthew Kelly

Jeffrey Roy

* These positions were appointed to fill vacancy until the next scheduled election thus, individuals holding these positions are not considered incumbents.

Please call Deborah L. Pellegri CMC, Town Clerk with any questions at 508-520-4900.

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