HAWLEY, Mass. — There are seven elected positions up for grabs in the small western Massachusetts town of Hawley this spring – but no candidates.

Town Clerk Cynthia Stetson tells The Recorder of Greenfield said she has posted notices in several newspapers and sent them to the town’s e-mail list, but no nomination papers were returned by the March 15 deadline for the May 3 town election – not even from incumbents.

Current town officials say it’s too much of a pain trying to get the required 25 signatures to get on the ballot in a rural town with just 220 registered voters.

Not all is lost. People can still run as write-ins, which has happened in the past, or town meeting can appoint someone.