Letter: Beside oneself for Brattleboro Select Board

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Editor of the Reformer,

[Note to the Editor: With reference to the Reformer's recent story about a candidate for two Brattleboro Select Board seats, it seems that Vermont courts have never ruled on running beside oneself for select board nor appointing one's own select board. Me thinks activist Brattleboro could be where a test case emerges.]

One candidate, one candidacy? Not for Vermont select board.

One candidate can request and file as many duly signed nominating petitions as available select board seats and be on the ballot for each.

Winning more than one seat, there is no legal obligation to resign all but one.

But running for more than one seat may split one's voters, losing both seats.

How to appoint your own select board: When there is just one opponent for each seat, withdrawing one's name from the ballot right after the deadline for filing nominating petitions appoints an "opponent" to each seat.

Howard Fairman

Putney, Feb. 10

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