Run for North Reading government in 2019

Well, it’s paper pulling time! That’s right – as of Tuesday, January 22, the Town Clerk is providing nomination papers to anyone who would like to run for local office this year. This year’s town election, to be held on Tuesday, May 7, is likely to be a time of significant transition for North Reading.

Several long-term fixtures of local government have announced they will not be seeking re-election, leaving the races open for fresh faces of any age or experience. Each of these distinguished public servants have encouraged their fellow townspeople to run for office and for the chance to serve and guide this town.

Multiple positions are available on four different boards, in addition to the Town Moderator position. This year there are 8 elected positions open, so there are many opportunities available to participate in our Town Government, summarized below. For each of the official requirements, a link is provided to the relevant governmental website.

DISCLAIMER: The North Reading Town Clerk, Town Hall and Town Government are not affiliated with NRVotes in any way. The final, exhaustive requirements and deadlines for everything related to running for office should be taken from the official governmental websites linked below, not this NRVotes site. However, NRVotes hopes the following information can assist candidates and voters by providing many details and links in one place.

What does it take to run for office in North Reading? Check out this summary guide:

  1. Check that you meet the requirements:
    • Must be at least 18 years of age
    • Must be a registered voter of the Town
  2. Check out the positions open for this year’s town election:
  3. Learn about the responsibilities of your position of interest
    • Click on the position above to read more about it, its members, and its meeting schedule
    • Attend that position’s public meetings
    • Contact current or past people who have held that position and see if they’ll do an ‘informational interview’ with you
  4. Prepare the nomination papers and submit by March 19, 2019 to get on the ballot:
    • Obtain the papers from the Town Clerk’s Office (available now)
    • Get at least 50 signatures (please get many more than 50, as illegible, duplicate, or out-of-town signatures will not count). See MA’s general candidates guide for info about legitimate signatures and other helpful info
    • Turn in to the Town Clerk’s Office by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, March 19, 2019
  5. Learn about and conduct your campaign funding legally:
  6. Campaign tips (all optional):
    • Look for an email from on March 25, 2019 and fill out your candidate information by April 7, 2019 to be featured on the online Voters’ Guide (not affiliated with our Town Hall or government in any way)
    • Participate in North Reading Community Connection‘s online Candidate Q&A. Join their facebook group and will be in contact with all candidates starting March 25 to arrange your Q&A sessions (held between April 22 and May 5)
    • Review past elections to learn about voter patterns in North Reading


NRVotes Local Elections Process 2019


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