The deadline to run for a seat on the Charlestown Neighborhood Council is approaching: If you want a chance at one of the seven at-large or an individual precinct spot, you must get your nomination papers in by Nov. 4.
To qualify as a candidate, any resident of Charlestown (18 years or older) must collect 25 signatures from their neighbors -- anyone who is also a resident of Charlestown and 18 years or older.
But, as the election approaches, it seems like there a lot of people in Charlestown who aren't entirely clear on what the Neighborhood Council's role is. Next week, I'll be publishing a few articles on the history of the council, its mission statement and what power it does (and does not) have in influencing City Hall.
And here is a question for you, readers:
Is there anything about the Neighborhood Council you'd like to know?
Now's the time to ask it. And I'll try to get answers for you in my series next week. (Feel free to post the in the comments or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
And if you're interested in running for the CNC -- Completed nomination papers must be mailed and postmarked no later than Friday, Nov. 4 to:
Charlestown Neighborhood Council
PO Box 397
Charlestown, MA 02129
The names of all certified candidates will be published in the Charlestown-Patriot Bridge prior to the election. (And hopefully in the Patch too, if the CNC sends them to us.)
There are 21 seats on the council. Seven seats are at-large representatives; seven are precinct representatives and seven are appointed non-profit community organizations.