By Anne O'Connor

aoconnor@nashobavalleyvoice.com

Town elections will be held in the spring, with each town setting its own date.

In order to be included on the ballot, candidates for office must obtain nomination papers from the town clerk and submit them with valid signatures. The number of signatures varies between towns.

Following is a list of the seats that will be on the ballot in each town. Two towns listed the current office-holders. Others have the names of anyone who had, as of Jan. 30, returned nomination papers.

One town clerk recommended getting more signatures than required in case some are not found to be valid.

TOWNSEND

Papers available: Now to March 3

Last day to return papers: March 6

Number of valid signatures of registered voters needed: 33

Town clerk phone number: 978-597-1700 Ext. 1704

Last day to register to vote: April 4

Election date: April 24

Planning Board member Lance McNally and Town Clerk Kathy Spofford returned papers for reelection.

Seats on the ballot: Board of Selectmen, Board of Assessors, Cemetery and Parks Commissioner, Board of Health, Housing Authority, Library Trustee, Planning Board, Planning Board, two seats Recreation Commissioner, Town Clerk, Trustee of Soldier's Memorials (Veteran), Trustee of Soldier's Memorials (non-veteran), three seats Trust Fund Commissioner, Amanda E.


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Dwight Entertainment Fund, three seats North Middlesex Regional School Committee at-large members and Board of Water Commissioners.

SHIRLEY

Papers available: Feb. 13

Last day to return papers: March 14

Town clerk phone number: 978-425-2600 ext. 1

Last day to register to vote: April 12

Election date: May 2

Seats on the ballot: Board of Assessors, Board of Health, Board of Selectmen, Constable, 2 Library Trustees, 2 Planning Board, Planning Board Associate, 3 Recreation Commissioners, Regional School District, Town Clerk, Sewer Commission, War Memorial Trustee (Veteran), War Memorial Trustee (Non-Veteran).

PEPPERELL

Papers available: Now to March 2

Last day to return papers: March 6

Number of valid signatures of registered voters needed: 46

Town clerk phone number: 978-433-0339

Last day to register to vote: April 4

Election date: April 24

Three candidates for reelection returned papers: Library Trustee Frederick E. Kobs, Selectman Stephen C. Themelis and Phillip D. Durno on the Board of Health.

Seats on the ballot: Board of Assessors, Board of Health, Housing Authority, two seats Library Trustee, Planning Board, Board of Public Works, Recreation Commission, Moderator, Board of Selectmen, three seats North Middlesex Regional School Committee at-large members,

GROTON

Papers available: Now

Last day to return papers: March 28

Number of valid signatures of registered voters needed: 44

Town Clerk phone number: 978-448-1100

Last day to register to vote: April 4

Election date: May 16

Seats on the ballot: Board of Assessors, Board of Health, two seats Board of Selectmen, Commission of Trust Funds, Groton Electric Light Commission, Groton Housing Authority, two seats Park Commission, two seats Planning Board, Sewer Commission, two seats Trustees of the Groton Public Library, Water Commission, and Groton-Dunstable Regional School Committee.

AYER

Papers available: Now

Last day to return papers: March 6

Number of valid signatures of registered voters needed: 33

Town clerk phone number: 978-772-8215

Last day to register to vote: April 5

Election date: April 24

Seats on the ballot:

Richard W. Skoczylas returned papers for reelection as constable and Tree Warden Mark A. Dixon returned papers.

Board of Assessors, Board of Health, Commission of Trust Funds, Constable, Housing Authority, Library Trustee, two seats Park Commissioner, two seats Planning Board, Regional School District Committee, Selectman, Tax Collector, Town Clerk, and Tree Warden.

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