League of Women Voters

What Are Town Party Committees?

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Every four years the voters of Massachusetts elect town and state level representatives for the political parties. Massachusetts has a system of ward, town, and state committees for all political parties. These committees are the legal organizations of political parties. The roles of ward and town committees are to: “represent their party at the local neighborhood level; promote the objectives of the party; and work for the nomination and election of party candidates.”

Chapter 52 of the General Laws of Massachusetts discusses the structure and rules for the ward, town, and state committees. Town committee members are elected for a 4-year term. They can have anywhere between three and 35 members. Depending on the size of the town, there can be multiple ward committees to represent the entire town. Westford is small enough that it only has one town committee for each political party.

The committee members are elected for a 4-year term. Each of the 40 state senatorial district elects two members, a man and a woman, to the state committee. The roles of state committees are to: “promote the aims of each party; work in cooperation with the national committee and with ward and town committees; and organize and work for the nomination and election of party candidates.”