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Nomination papers for Newton’s city election in November now available

I Voted stickers on the table at Hyde Community Center during Newton's election in 2019.
I Voted stickers on the table at Hyde Community Center during Newton's election in 2019.Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff/The Boston Globe

Nomination papers for Newton’s upcoming municipal election on Nov. 2 are now available for residents interested in running for local office, according to the city clerk’s office.

Newton voters will be asked to cast ballots for mayor, School Committee, and the City Council later this year. The city’s mayor serves a four-year term, while members of the School Committee and City Council each serve two years.

On the November ballot, each Newton voter can cast ballots for eight members of the School Committee, and 16 at-large members of the City Council, as well as the city’s chief executive, who doubles as a ninth School Committee member.

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The City Council also includes eight local ward councilors, each of whom is elected solely by residents of that ward. Voters will also choose their local ward councilor on the November ballot.

People interested in running for local office can pick up the nomination papers in person starting at 8:30 a.m. Monday from the clerk’s office in City Hall, located at 1000 Commonwealth Ave., said Christopher Sullivan, Newton’s acting city clerk.

All candidates for School Committee and at-large City Council posts require 150 signatures to appear on the ballot, according to Sullivan. Local ward councilor candidates need 50 signatures, and mayoral candidates need 400 signatures.

Candidates in general should gather more signatures than required, according to Sullivan. The clerk’s office will certify up to 40 percent more than the needed number of signatures.

A deadline for nomination papers to be returned to the city clerk’s office has not been scheduled yet, but is expected to be in late July, according to Sullivan.

Due to incorrect information provided to the Globe, the wrong deadline for returning nomination papers to the Newton City Clerk’s office was reported.


John Hilliard can be reached at john.hilliard@globe.com.