This November, Martha’s Vineyard voters will be asked to fill nine seats on the 21-member Martha’s Vineyard Commission. Commissioners, both appointed and elected, exert a strong influence on the Island economy and infrastructure by shaping and permitting, or denying, projects referred to the commission as developments of regional impact (DRIs), and in the creation of districts of critical planning concern (DCPCs), which towns can adopt to provide an overlay of regulatory control on top of local zoning bylaws.
Candidates have until 5 pm on Tuesday, August 2, to file nomination papers with 10 signatures from registered voters with local boards of registrars to appear on the November ballot.
The terms of the following commissioners will expire on Dec. 31, 2016: Trip Barnes, Tisbury; Christina Brown, Edgartown; Robert Doyle, Chilmark; Josh Goldstein, Tisbury; Fred Hancock, Oak Bluffs; Doug Sederholm, West Tisbury; Abe Seiman, Oak Bluffs; Linda Sibley, West Tisbury; and Jim Vercruysse, Aquinnah.
Several of the incumbents have been commissioners for multiple terms. Ms. Sibley, elected in 1992, is the longest serving member. Ms. Brown has served since 1997, and Mr. Sederholm since 2003.
Nine MVC candidates are elected at large to two-year terms. Residents of one town may vote for candidates from other towns, but at least one commissioner must be elected from each town, and no more than two elected commissioners can be from any one town.
In addition to nine elected members, the Island’s boards of selectmen appoint six, the Dukes County Commission appoints one, and the governor appoints up to five, of whom four do not vote on DRIs or DCPCs.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly provided the May 3 nomination deadline for district and county offices as the deadline for the MVC, which is not until August 2.