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    Nomination papers available in Wellesley

    Wellesley residents interested in running for a local office or as a Town Meeting member may take out nomination papers for the annual town election next spring, the town said in a statement.

    Nomination papers are available in the Wellesley Town Clerk’s office, according to the statement posted to the town website.

    Candidates for townwide offices and Town Meeting members must be Wellesley residents, the statement said. Some positions also require candidates to be registered voters.

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    Prospective candidates for townwide offices must collect 50 signatures from Wellesley registered voters.

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    A candidate running for a Town Meeting seat must collect 10 signatures from registered voters living in that candidate’s precinct.

    The deadline to take out nomination papers for townwide offices is Jan. 11, and they are due back to the town clerk by Jan. 15.

    Nomination papers for candidates running as new Town Meeting members must be taken out by Jan. 25, and are due back by Jan. 29. Incumbent Town Meeting members must notify the Town Clerk’s office in writing by Jan. 22 if they intend to run for reelection.

    The Wellesley annual town election is scheduled for March 5.

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