Boston Region MPO - Election Process

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Each fall, four of the 12 elected municipal members of the Boston Region MPO are chosen by the chief elected officials (CEOs) of the municipalities in the region to serve a three-year term. The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Advisory Board jointly administer the elections. Election procedures (pdf) (html) are detailed in the linked document and summarized below.

A Candidates’ Forum featuring the Town of Ashland and the City of Framingham was held on October 15, 2019.

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The election will be held at MAPC’s Fall Council meeting at 5:00 PM on November 6, 2019, at the Colonnade Hotel in Boston.

2019 MPO Municipal Election

All of the open seats will represent specific subregions of the Boston region. The nominees for this year’s election are as follows:

  • The Town of Ashland and the City of Framingham are running to represent the MetroWest Regional Collaborative subregion. This seat is currently held by the City of Framingham.
  • The Town of Acton is running unopposed to represent the Minuteman Advisory Group on Interlocal Coordination subregion, better known as MAGIC. This seat is currently held by the Town of Bedford.
  • The City of Somerville is running unopposed to represent the Inner Core Committee subregion. This seat is currently held by the City of Somerville.
  • The Town of Rockland is running unopposed to represent the South Shore Coalition subregion. This seat is currently held by the Town of Braintree.

The CEO (or the CEO’s official designee) shall represent the elected municipality throughout the municipality’s three-year term of office and shall be responsible for executing a variety of responsibilities (pdf) (html).

The newly elected MPO members will assume their seat on November 7, 2019.

Nomination Process

Nomination papers (pdf) (html) are submitted with a statement of candidacy (pdf) (html). Nomination papers were due to MAPC by 5:00 PM on Friday, October 4, 2019.

Nominees must be the CEO of the candidate municipality. In cities, the CEO is the mayor or, if the city does not have the office of mayor, the chairman of the council, except for cities operating under the Plan-E Charter (only Cambridge at this time), in which case it shall be the city manager. In towns, the CEO is the chairman of the board of selectmen.

Nominations may be placed by any CEO from any of the 97 municipalities in the Boston region (pdf map) (html list). In the case of boards of selectmen, the MPO will accept the chairman’s nomination of a candidate whether or not the full board of selectmen has voted to approve the nomination.

A candidate must receive nominations from at least five CEO in the Boston region. A CEO may nominate his or her own municipality (to be represented on the MPO board by himself or herself), and that nomination shall count as one of the five nominations needed to place that municipality on the ballot. Each CEO may only sign nomination papers for one municipality per open seat.

Election Process

Each CEO in the region may vote for one candidate municipality for each open seat.

Ballots may be cast in one of the following ways:

  1. By Absentee Ballot (pdf) (html), delivered by mail or in person to MAPC by 5:00 PM the day before the election, November 5, 2019.
  2. By the CEO, in person, on November 6, 2019, at the MAPC Fall Council Meeting.
  3. By a designee, in person, on November 6, 2019, at the MAPC Fall Council Meeting.

On the day of the election, the designated officers of MAPC and the MBTA Advisory Board supervise the election. Ballots are cast by municipal CEOs or their designees. Designees shall present a letter or ballot signed by the CEO of the municipality they are representing to MAPC staff in person or by mail by 4:45 PM on the day of the election. Designees may represent only one municipality in the election. The CEO may require the designee to vote for a specific individual or vest discretion in the designee.

If the CEO is unable to attend the election and does not designate another individual to attend, an absentee ballot (pdf) (html) may be filed. Absentee ballots are valid for any election—for example, a run-off election in case of a tie—held on the day of the MPO election for which the candidates selected on the ballot are still eligible to receive votes.

No faxed or emailed absentee ballots will be accepted; they must be filed in person or by mail by 5:00 PM on the day before the election with MAPC:

Boston Region MPO Elections
Metropolitan Area Planning Council
60 Temple Place
6th Floor
Boston, MA 02111

The results of the election will be certified by the Chair of the MPO by 9:00 AM on Thursday, November 7, 2019.