We at Norton Patch are teaming up with the Parks and Recreation Department to find the unofficial Mayor of Norton.
We're looking for someone who screams Norton, is proud of the town and is involved. It could be someone who volunteers their time, a member of the business community, a teacher or educator or anyone who is involved in the community. You know who makes this community great and we want to hear about them!
That's where you come in. We are asking readers to make suggestions for who you think should be honored as Mayor of Norton.
We do have two rules. First, anyone who is a current office holder cannot become the Mayor. This means no members of the Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee or Planning Board, for example. Nor can the Town Administrator, Town Clerk, Treasurer, etc. be nominated. Members of un-elected volunteer boards and Town Meeting members can be nominated except from Norton Parks and Recreation, since they are co-sponsoring this event.
Secondly, our most important rule is to keep it positive. After we get nominations we are going to ask people to vote and comment why they think their candidate should be elected. We ask readers to offer any positive thoughts on their nominee but to refrain from posting anything negative about any of the other candidates. Any negative comments will be deleted.
And finally, the top two nominees after the voting phase is over, will then get out the vote, asking friends and family for $1 per vote. The person with the most votes after a month of campaigning will win.
The winner will split the fund-raised cash between the Parks and Recreation Department and a charity of their choosing. He or she will also be the Grand Marshall in the annual Norton Parks and Recreation Halloween Parade.
As we move forward, we will provide more details, but for now, all we want are nominees. Who do you think should be Mayor of Norton? Let us know your nominations in the comments section below. The nomination period closes at noon on July 2.