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Democratic caucus set for selectman candidate in Montague

MONTAGUE — As a result of a recently declared vacancy on the Board of Selectmen, Montague Democrats will hold a special caucus on May 16 to select a candidate.

The successful candidate receives the party nomination to appear on the June 25 special town election ballot.

Only registered Democrats may run in the caucus, which amounts to a primary election for local offices. Democrats who wish to run in the caucus must deliver their intention in writing to Democratic Town Committee Chair Jay DiPucchio by 5 p.m. on May 6. Notice may be by mail, email or in hand. Verbal declaration cannot be documented and is not acceptable.

Individuals choosing to run without Democratic party nomination may throw their hats in the ring through the town hall process, obtain nomination papers from the town clerk’s office by 5 p.m. on or before May 2. Nomination papers require 30 signatures of registered voting residents and are due in the town clerk’s office no later than 5 p.m on May 7.

Candidates may choose to go through both the nomination and caucus processes.

The June 25 special election, in concert with the state election to fill the state’s vacant U.S. Senate seat, will select a resident to fill the one year remaining in Patricia Allen’s unexpired term.

The caucus is scheduled for 6:30 to 7 p.m. in the first-floor Meeting Room of the Town Offices, 1 Avenue A, Turners Falls.

Voting in the caucus is open to registered Democrats and registered unenrolled voters. No absentee balloting is allowed. All caucus candidates must be present at the end of balloting — or make other arrangements with the chairman — or their election may not be certified.

Questions or letters of intent may be mailed to: Jay DiPucchio, Democratic Town Committee Chair, 35 Central St., Turners Falls, MA 01376. Dipucchio may be reached at home at 413-863-8656.

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