Voters cast their ballots at Buxton Town Hall in 2017. Staff photo by Brianna Soukup

A special election will be held Jan. 7 to fill the Buxton Board of Selectmen seat left vacant when Chairwoman Jean Harmon resigned.

Selectmen approved an executive order Wednesday to shorten the candidate nomination process, which is normally 100 days. Nomination papers are now available from town hall and must be returned by Nov. 25.

Harmon resigned Oct. 16, a week after she was convicted of a misdemeanor disorderly conduct for hitting a town employee on the side of his head during a disagreement about a town policy. Harmon had served on the board for 15 years.

The term for the open seat expires in June 13, 2020.

Candidates must turn in 25 to 100 signatures of registered voters to qualify for the ballot.

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