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One Week Left to Run for Westport's Governing Body

WESTPORT, Conn. – If you're thinking about running for Westport's legislative body in November, you have one week to file a petition with the town, Town Clerk Patricia Strauss announced.

Residents interested in running for the Representative Town Meeting, known as the RTM, must file a petition signed by 25 registered voters in their district with the Town Clerk's Office by Sept. 13. Petitions can be picked up at the Town Clerk's Office.

"The process is rather simple," Strauss said in a release.

Of the current RTM members, 27 are seeking re-election . So far, 15 residents have expressed interest in running for the non-partisan, 36-member body, Strauss said. However, only two petitions have been returned.

If all 15 petitions are returned, four of the nine RTM districts — Districts 2,3,6 and 9 — will be contested; Districts 1, 4, 5 and 7 will have no contest; and District 8 will have one vacancy.

"I'd like to see more competitive races," current RTM Moderator Hadley Rose said in the news release. "There's nothing wrong with having contested races in every district. I encourage residents to get involved with the non-partisan RTM."

Elections will be held Nov. 8. A list of petitioning candidates and incumbents is available outside the Town Clerk's Office, room 105 in Town Hall.

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