Bedford officials urge residents to run for upcoming election
The filing period runs through Friday, Jan. 31, at Bedford Town Offices, 24 N. Amherst Road. As of Thursday afternoon, only James Aguiar has filed his candidacy for one of two open seats on the Town Council. Incumbent Lori Radke filed for another term as town clerk.
“Most activity occurs on the last two days of filing,” said Radke.
But councilors urge people not to wait because the town needs volunteers to step up now before the filing period ends.
Dermody and his fellow councilors are calling upon residents who have considered running or those who are not satisfied with how the town is managed to file for public office.
“I think it’s a disgrace, quite frankly, that with a 24,000 population in this town it’s a search to find even two or four people willing to step forward,” said Scanlon at the Jan. 22 council meeting. “They certainly are willing to step forward anonymously and render their comments, critically or in praise, but they’re much more effectively done if done through the auspices of a seat on the council or the School Board.”
“You absolutely don’t need prior political experience. It probably makes you a better councilor if you don’t have it,” she said. “There are no age restrictions. It’s a commitment that is definitely worth it. The town needs people that are going to be involved and care about the community, and really want to shape it for the future.”
For a list of boards/committees, visit www.bedfordnh.org and click on news/announcements. You can also contact councilors directly. A list of emails is available on the town website.
Those who want to file for school district seats may contact Judith Perry, school district clerk, at 472-3550.
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