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Westport Seeks Representative Town Meeting Candidates

WESTPORT, Conn. – Westport residents interested in running for a seat on the Representative Town Meeting — the town’s legislative body — can pick up petition forms from the Town Clerk’s Office beginning on July 23, Town Clerk Patricia Strauss announced.

In order to be on the Nov. 5 ballot, petitioners must collect 25 signatures from residents who live in their district, Strauss said. After gathering the necessary signatures, petitions must be returned to the Town Clerk’s Office by Sept. 10, she said.

“My staff will gladly review the instructions with the petitioner,” Strauss said. “A district map and a list of district voters will be supplied to aid each petitioner in gathering the required signatures.”

The 36-member RTM is a non-partisan body. It is made up of four members from each of the town’s nine districts. Members are elected for two-year terms.

As the town’s legislative body, RTM members vote on all town requests for appropriations more than  $20,000; approve town ordinances; vote on final approval of the town and education budgets; serve on two or more committees that review and make recommendations regarding appropriations and ordinances; and review certain decisions of town boards and commissions.

The Town Clerk's Office is in Room 105 of Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave., and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. For more information, contact Patricia Strauss at 203-341-1105 or via e-mail at

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