Process for Candidate Selection to Run for Elected Boards in the 2019 Municipal Elections

JANUARY 2019

  • An email notice will go out to the large Friends of Madison Democrats list, a post will be put on the MDTC website and Facebook page. This communication should include a link to the application, a description of the positions, the name of the Chair of the Nominations Committee and notice that the acceptance of applications will close 2 months from that date.

LINK TO APPLICATION FORM TO DOWNLOAD AND SUBMIT IN PRINT.

LINK TO ONLINE APPLICATION FORM.

 

FEBRUARY-MAY 2019

  • Interviews with Nominations will be conducted for all applications received. If not enough applications are received by the end of March, the Nominations committee will seek out candidates to fill the vacancies.
  •  Incumbents seeking re-election will be expected to participate in the same process as new candidates and indicate to Nominations their intention to seek re-election by the end of February
  • Nominations will qualify all candidates.
  • Candidates will be urged to reach out to current Board members and to MDTC members.
  • If there is a member of the Nominations Committee that wants to be considered for the candidacy of an Elected Board, that member will recuse her/himself from any interview process for that particular Board, including any discussions to qualify a candidate.
  • A contemporaneous list of candidates will be presented to the MDTC at the May regular meeting, so that members can reach out to the Nominations Committee with questions or comments about a particular candidate, and prior to being asked to vote on that candidate.

JUNE 2019

  • Candidates will present to the entire MDTC at the June regular meeting, which is open to the public. A notice should be made public with a list of candidates, inviting people to come to the meeting and to share their thoughts on these candidates to the members of the Nominating committee. Candidates can answer questions and the public can share any thoughts that they may have.
  • The MDTC will then move into Executive Session to discuss each candidate. If a candidate is deemed to be unqualified, the members of the Nominations Committee will disclose their opinion at that time. The members of the Nominations Committee can also offer their individual opinions on each candidate.
  • A straw poll will be taken for each position on the ballot. Those candidates with the most votes will become the slate that is recommended by the Nominations Committee in the late June/July Endorsement meeting.

LATE JUNE/JULY 2019

  • Endorsement meeting scheduled in late June/July as per state elections calendar.
  • Nominations Committee nominates the slate. Additional candidates may be nominated from the floor.
  • MDTC members select by majority vote of those present and voting, the Endorsed Party candidates for office.

AUGUST 2019

  • Endorsed Candidates will be the Candidates of the Democratic Party if no valid opposing candidacy has been filed for the nomination by ??/??/?? (the date will vary each year).
  • If a valid petition is filed, primary will ensue in September to determine which candidates will be on the ballot.

 

Description of Town Elected Positions:

Board of Selectmen
The Madison Board of Selectmen is comprised of five (5) members consisting of a First Selectman and four (4) selectmen. Each member is elected to serve a two-year term.

The First Selectman, as defined by the Town Charter, is the chief executive and chief administrative officer of the town. Following each election, the Board of Selectmen elects one selectman to serve as the Acting First Selectman to assume duties in the absence of the First Selectman.

From time to time, the Board may appoint an ad-hoc committee with a specific charge and defined period of time. The Board may designate a selectman to serve on such committee.

The Board designates each selectman to represent the town on various boards and commissions as ex-officio or non-voting members.
Meetings are held on the second and fourth Monday of every month except December when the Board meets on the first and third Monday. All Board meetings except Executive Sessions are open to the public. Board meetings are also videotaped and replayed on Madison Cable Channel each week.

Board of Finance
The Board of Finance is comprised of six members who are elected to serve four-year terms. Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of every month. All Board meetings except for Executive Sessions are open to the public. Board meetings are also videotaped and replayed on Madison Cable Channel each week.

Board of Education
The Board of Education is comprised of nine members who are elected to serve four-year terms. The Board meets twice each month, usually on the first and third Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. to hear public comments, conduct business, and to hear reports from Board Committees and school administrators. All Board meetings except Executive Sessions are open to the public. Board meetings are also videotaped and replayed on Madison Cable Channel 19 each week.

Zoning Board of Appeals
The Zoning Board of Appeals is comprised of five members and 3 alternates who are elected to serve four-year terms. The Board has the right to place conditions of approval on the granting of a variance or variances. A variance is an approval to use property in a manner that would not otherwise be allowed under Town zoning regulations. Such conditions are intended to help assure that the variances will not have an unnecessarily harmful impact on the overall scheme of zoning or on the neighborhood.

Board of Assessment Appeals
The Board of Assessment Appeals is comprised of five members who are elected to serve four-year terms. Connecticut State Law provides for municipal Board of Assessment Appeals. If a Madison resident feels that an assessment is incorrect for any reason, he/she has the right to file a Petition to the Board of Assessment Appeals. The Board has the authority, by way of a simple majority vote, to change a property assessment for a period of one year.