By Greg Elias
With the filing deadline just days away, few candidates have filed for the many elected offices on the ballot in Williston this March.
Candidates have until Monday, Jan. 24 at 5 p.m. to submit a petition containing 30 signatures and a consent form to have their names placed on the ballot. Forms are available at Williston Town Hall or online at http://town.williston.vt.us/clerk/clerk.htm.
As of Tuesday at noon, only three incumbents — Town Clerk Deb Beckett, lister Linda Ladd and constable Kermit LaClair — had filed the required paperwork.
Candidates usually wait until the last minute to file their petitions, said Kathy Smardon, assistant town clerk. She said that has been the case since she started working for the town 16 years ago.
There are 20 elected positions on the ballot this year, including three Selectboard seats, two Williston School Board seats and the town clerk position. Other elected offices include seats on the Champlain Valley Union High School Board, the Champlain Water District Board, the Williston Cemetery Commission and the Dorothy Alling Library Trustees.
Williston’s annual town and school meeting will be held Monday, Feb. 28. Australian balloting takes place the following day.
Here are the positions on the ballot:
Town clerk, three-year term
Town treasurer, three-year term
Champlain Water District, three-year term
Selectboard, three-year term
Selectboard, two-year term
Selectboard, one-year term
Williston School Board, three-year term
Williston School Board, two-year term
CVU School Board, three-year term
Lister, three-year term
Cemetery Commission, five-year term
Cemetery Commission, three-year term
Constable, one-year term
Trustee of public funds, three-year term
Trustee of public funds, two-year term
Trustee of public funds, one-year term
Old Brick Church trustee, five-year term
Library trustee, five-year term
Town agent, one-year term
Town grand juror, one-year term