Special election to fill Kevin Geraghty’s seat
Election scheduled for October 2
BY TOM REILLY
Sutton Town Administrator Jim Smith told the selectmen that the town will be unable to hold the special election that the Board had scheduled to fill the unexpired term of former selectman Kevin Geraghty who stepped down at the July 10 meeting. Geraghty’s unexpired term runs until May 2014.
Smith said that town clerk Laura Caruso said that the state requires 64 days between the resignation and the special election. The town had hoped to hold the election for selectman on September 6, the same day as the state primary, but Caruso says it is simply too soon.
Smith said he is now suggesting October 2 as the date. He said that November 6, the date of the presidential and state elec- tions was also an option, though the consensus was that the selectman’s race might get lost amidst the high turnout. Smith said 80 percent of the town’s voters turned out for the 2008 presidential election. For these reasons, he was advocating holding the town’s special election on October 2.
Caruso said she agreed with Smith because the town’s precincts are small and that adding another ballot would just increase the lines at the polling places. “It’s confusing, I think for the voters also,” Caruso said. The selectmen unanimously agreed to go with the October 2 date.
Caruso said the last day for candidates to obtain nomination papers was Friday, August 10 and they would all have to be turned into her office four days later.