The Secretary of State, Ralph Mollis, wants to make sure everyone knows that this Wednesday, June 25, 2008, is the deadline for filing for candidacy. Secretary Mollis cares deeply about everyone being as involved as possible in the political process and so has sent this message out, to make sure everyone knows what to do if they want to run for election:
Candidates for federal office must file Declarations of Candidacy with Mollis at his Elections Division, 148 West River St., Providence. Anyone who is planning to run for state or local office must file with the board of canvassers in the city or town that is their legal residence.
â€œA number of other crucial dates in the election calendar are just around the corner. Ensuring our elections are accessible to those who vote and those who hope to serve is one of my priorities,â€? said Mollis.
The next important milestone is July 1, when candidates can pick up nomination papers. Candidates for federal office can obtain the forms from Mollisâ€™ Elections office. Candidates for state and local offices should pick up their papers at the Cranston Board of Canvassers.
State law then gives candidates until July 11 to collect the signatures of enough eligible voters to officially put them on the ballot. The threshold ranges from 50 signatures for the state House of Representatives to 1,000 signatures for the U.S. Senate.
All the necessary forms as well as a calendar with every key date leading up to Rhode Islandâ€™s primary and general election are posted on Mollisâ€™ website.
Every time around, I contemplate running for school committee. This is one of the most important positions that a person can take on in a community. Not only are you working for the purpose of providing the best education for our children, but you are also responsible for more than half of most municipal budgets. For these reasons, it seems to me that school committees are as important if not more important than city councils.
So why don’t I run? Lots of reasons. But I may run two years from now.