School Committee candidate Heather Connolly, who turned in nomination papers to run for both a 3-year and 1-year seat on the Framingham School Committee, will not be allowed to appear on the ballot for both races.
Massachusetts General Law Ch. 54, 41 prohibits an individual from appearing on the ballot for multiple openings on the same board, explained Assistant Town Clerk Lisa Ferguson.
Connolly could appear on the ballot running for a seat, for example, on the Keefe Tech School Committee and the Framingham School Committee or she could appear on the ballot to run for both Selectman and Framingham School Committee, but is prohibited by state law to appear on the ballot for both the 1-year and the 3-year seat on the Framingham School Committee.
Ferguson said Connolly must submit in writing, no later than Thursday, Feb. 2 at 5 p.m. her intention to withdraw from one of the two races.
Failure to withdraw via a written statement from one race, Ferguson explained, would mean Connolly would be taken off the ballot for both races.
Connolly is running against incumbent School Committee members Beverly Hugo and Andy Limeri for the two 3-year seats on the seven-member committee.
Connolly is running against Don Taggart for the 1-year seat, which became open in December when Rick Finlay resigned.
Connolly said she doesn't "believe in making any rush decisions." She plans to "take some time and decide."
She said in a telephone interview Wednesday, she needs to decide if she wants to run against incumbents for a 3-year seat or another newcomer to the Framingham School Committee for a one-year seat
"My intention is to hand in a written statement before the second," Connolly said.