Wednesday, September 10, 2003
Representative Town Meeting Races Shape Up
With the deadline now passed for petitioning candidates for Westports Representative Town Meeting (RTM), the November race for the 36-member non-partisan body is now clearer.
Town Clerk Patricia H. Strauss said seven of the nine RTM districts have more candidates than the four seats allocated to a district. But in District 2 there are only four candidates, all incumbents, and in District 8, there are only three candidates, also incumbents.
Three residents who had taken out petitions to run Җ the signatures of 25 registered voters were needed to get on the ballot decided not to return their petitions by Tuesday’s deadline, Strauss said.
District 1 is the most competitive, fielding seven candidates—three of them incumbents—for the four seats. The other six districts with races have five candidates each competing for four seats.
Of the 44 candidates vying for election, 26 are incumbents. Of the 18 others, two have previously served on the RTM for one term. Two RTM candidates are simultaneously running for other offices ֖ one for the Board of Education and one for the Board of Finance. Both are from districts with races.
Veteran RTM member Jorgen Jensen was a last-minute addition to the race in District 9, deciding only in recent days to put his name in. He has served on the RTM since 1987 as well as one term from 1969 to 1971.
District 9 is the new RTM district which resulted from this year’s redistricting. Currently, there are eight districts.
Among those not seeking re-election is Irwin Donenfeld in District 8. He is the current longest serving member, having first been elected in 1981. With Donenfelds retirement, Jensen, if elected, would be the RTMҒs senior member.
Strauss, the town clerk, said District 8s shortage of one candidate can be filled in two ways Җ a resident can become a write-in candidate on election day or elected district members will appoint someone later.
Editors note: The editor of WestportNow serves as moderator of the RTM and is a candidate for re-election in District 8.
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