3 thoughts on “Council Seeks Applicants to Fill Westside District Seat, Must Agree Not to Run in Fall

  1. Glad they are filling the seat but they have zero legal right to tell these folks they can’t run if appointed. Shouldn’t the voters decide?

    • “Town Attorney Mark Reich, from KP Law, said that there is nothing the Town can do to prevent someone from running, but other steps could be taken.” So they can run.

      • “The Town of Watertown sent out the following announcement about the District D Councilor appointment process:

        The Town Council of the City Known as the Town of Watertown is accepting applications to fill the vacancy in District D.

        Pursuant to Watertown’s Home Rule Charter, the appointment will stand until the 2021 Watertown municipal election, which will be held on November 2, 2021. Also pursuant to said Charter, an appointment shall be made by a vote of not less than six (6) Councilors.

        All applicants must commit to not run in the 2021 municipal election.

        The Watertown Town Council regularly meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, except during July and August. Meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. in the Richard E. Mastrangelo Council Chamber, Administration Building, 149 Main Street or through virtual meetings until further notice.

        Additionally, Town Councilors serve on the Charter Review Committee and are expected to serve on at least three of the Council’s standing committees and attend all Special Meetings of the Town Council.

        Any interested party who is a resident and registered voter of District D should submit a resume, a cover letter explaining any past or current public service and why he or she is interested in serving on the Town Council, as well as a maximum of two (2) letters of endorsement.

        Applications will be accepted until Friday, June 4, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. and should be emailed to Marilyn Pronovost, the Town Council Clerk, at mpronovost@watertown-ma.gov. Candidates will be required to be interviewed at a later date.

        Please note that should an individual be appointed to fill the District D vacancy and then seek election for the District D Councilor position in the 2021 municipal election, the appointment shall be automatically terminated.

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