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Update on the Town Treasure: Write-In on the Ballot

From the Londonderry Times:

Oversight Means Town Treasurer to Be Filled by Write-In Candidate

February 17, 2016  by Kaitlyn G Woods

Due to an oversight by the Town Manager, the position of Town Treasurer will have to be filled with a write-in candidate.

Town Treasurer Kathy Wagner said she informed the Town she thought her position expires in March, but assumed she was mistaken when her position wasn’t included among the open positions the Town advertised prior to the candidate filing period.

“It was an oversight on my part,” Town Manager Kevin Smith said. “The position itself will be on the ballot, but because no one signed up during the filing period, it will work in the way we have had in the past where the top write-in vote getter will get the position.”

Attorney Mike Ramsdell was asked to determine whether the Town was out of compliance by having failed to advertise the open position.

“He said there’s nothing in State law that requires any elected position to be advertised, but we do have to put positions on the ballot when they expire,” Smith said.

Wagner said she hadn’t initially planned to run for another three-year term, but has since decided to mount a write-in campaign for the position.

“It will definitely be harder, but I’m going to actively push and get the word out there,” she said.

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Although the Town was contacted by me on this issue. The last update from the Town Clerk was on February 10th informing me that the Town attorney would be looking into the issue. The town has not posted the position on it’s website, Facebook page, or sent an email to the Town News subscribers.

Dottie Grover filmed a new episode of One Voice At A Time February 18. Featuring candidate for Budget Committee, School Board, Town Council, Library Trustees and Town Treasurer. The only candidate for the write-in Treasurer to attend was incumbent Kathy Wagner.

Related:
Town Attorney Looking Into Election of Town Treasurer by Glenn Douglas February 10, 2016

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Updated: February 19, 2016 — 6:52 AM

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