The Voter Guide for the 2018 Town Election is now available. The 2018 Town Election will be held on Tuesday, May 8 at St. Theresa’s church between 7 am and 8 pm. Early voting is not available for the town election, so if you are unable to get to the polls between 7 am and 8 pm on May 8, please request an absentee ballot. Be sure you are registered to vote by April 18 to participate in this election.
This year, 8 candidates are running for 8 open positions. Two of the candidates are running as write-in candidates. Their names will not be listed on the ballot, so you will need to remember their names and write them on the ballot of you wish to cast votes for them. If you are planning to write in a name of someone who is not listed in our Voter Guide, please make sure you have confirmed with that person that they wish to accept the position should they win.
Learning about the Candidates
Check out the Voter Guide put together by North Reading Votes. It contains candidate biographies, statements, and contact info for each candidate who wished to participate in the guide. In addition, the time slots are listed for the School Committee candidates, who will be participating in the Candidate Q&A sessions hosted by North Reading Community Connection on Facebook. See below for more information about the Q&A sessions. We thank the candidates who are participating in the Voter Guide and/or Q&A sessions for giving voters these opportunities to become informed prior to the election!
Other ways to learn more about the candidates include attending their events (find events on the candidates’ personal or facebook pages, which are listed in the Voter Guide), searching the North Reading Transcript for articles about the candidates, or (for incumbents) reviewing NORCAM footage of candidates’ past meetings.
Candidate Q&A Sessions on Facebook
Starting in 2016, candidates have participated in online Q&A sessions on our town’s Facebook group, North Reading Community Connection. Candidates can sign up for two (hour-long) slots on any day during the 10 days before the election, and we will advertise those times here and within the Facebook group over the next few weeks. North Reading voters should join the group now if you would like to observe or ask questions during these sessions.
At the appointed time, a candidate will post an introductory post within the group, introducing themselves and offering to answer questions. Residents then add their questions as comments on that original post, and the candidate will reply to the comments to answer the questions. The questions and answers will remain in the group newsfeed afterward, so even if you can’t be online during the session, you can find it later. Any residents are welcome to ask questions online during the Candidate Q&A sessions, just make sure to join North Reading Community Connection ahead of time.
Link to Town Government Site
A list of the candidates (certified only, no write-in candidates are listed) is also available on the Town’s government website.