All members of the current School Committee have taken out nomination papers.
Joshua Cutler, Daniel Elias, Pamela Farron, Anthony Riello, Cynthia Taylor, and Katherine Yon have all taken out papers. Only one challenger has taken out papers, Craig Gaetani. click for more
The town election will be held on Tuesday, May 9, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.. Town meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 16, at 7 p.m. Both events will take place in the gymnasium of the Williamstown Elementary School.
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Monday wasn't just opening day for the Red Sox season, it was also opening day for election season.
This fall voters will be choosing a new City Council and School Committee. Nomination papers became available on Monday and there was a flurry of activity in the City Clerk's office. A total of 14... click for more
Mike Cirullo plans to seek the Ward 1 City Council seat, setting up a race.
Cirullo announced his intentions on Thursday to seek the seat being vacated by Lisa Tully, who opted not to run for re-election. The 35-year-old business agent for the workers union at General Dynamics is the second... click for more
Selectwoman candidate Cassie Witek promises that if elected she will represent the people.
"We have voted for prominent politicians in town and how well did that work out?" Witek said. "With me, it is going to be the people first every single time." click for more
Dina Guiel plans to run for City Council.
Guiel announced on Tuesday that she intend to seek the Ward 2 council position. It is currently held by Kevin Morandi, who has been in the seat since 2011. Morandi has not yet said whether or not he intends to seek re-election. click for more
Christine Hoyt officially kicked off her campaign for a seat on the Board of Selectmen on Thursday morning at Town Hall.
"After a lot of thought and consideration and support from family and friends I felt it was time to take that next step as it relates to being involved in the town of Adams," Hoyt said. "With that, with enthusiasm, I stand here today and announce my candidacy for the town of Adams selectman."
Papers have been completed with the required number of signatures for five of the seven seats on the ballot. Potential candidates have taken out papers for the other two seats, Town Clerk Mary Kennedy reported on Thursday morning.
Ward 4, now located at Greylock School, will join Wards 1-3 and 5 at St. Elizabeth's Parish Center on St. Anthony Drive.
A letter to the council signed by Registrars Elizabeth Dilego, Mary Ann Caproni and Marilyn DeRosa and City Clerk Marilyn Gomeau stated the reasoning behind the move was student safety, convenience and cost.
Councilor at Large Kathleen Amuso will not seek re-reelection.
Amuso sent out a statement Tuesday morning saying that she believes "it is the right time for me to step away" after 14 years in public office.
Al Terranova won a seat on the Mount Greylock School Committee in a write-in bid.
Terranova was facing David Vogel, both of whom were mounting write-in campaigns for the seat being vacated by Richard Cohen, who resigned. The seat is one of three representative Lanesborough has on the Mount Greylock Regional Middle and High School Committee. Sheila Hebert ran unopposed to retain her seat and Christopher Dodig's term doesn't expire until 2018.
Money can't buy votes.
At least that's what voters said when it came to Question 2, a ballot initiative calling to raise the cap on the number of charter schools by a dozen.
Voters overwhelmingly shot down the expansion of the charter school system on Tuesday by a 2-1 margin. That is despite proponents outspending opponents by some $10 million. Those pushing for more charter schools spent $24.1 million as of Oct. 1, compared to $14.5 million spent by opponents.
It was shortly after 9:30 Tuesday night when Adam Hinds claimed victory for the Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire, Hampden state Senate district.
The Democrat was the favorite going into the general election after winning the primary over Rinaldo Del Gallo and Andrea Harrington. With the victory in the general election of Republic Christine Canning-Wilson, He now takes the seat of Sen. Benjamin Downing who opted not to run for re-election after 10 years.
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; find your polling station here. It's suggested you bring an ID if you're voting for the first time, your registration has been inactive, there may be some question to your status or you have to complete a provisional ballot.
U.S. Rep. Richard Neal hopes that after election day, legislators will focus on infrastructure and tax reform.
The Springfield Democrat is predicting Democrats to come out on top this election, starting with Hillary Clinton winning the presidency, Democrats taking back the Senate and picking up more than a dozen seats in the House of Representatives. He, who faces two challengers this year, expects to be one of those Democrats returning to the office.
As hundreds of voters are currently making their way in for early voting or waiting until Tuesday, they are finding a blank spot on the ballot.
There is only one candidate as Lanesborough's representation on the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee but two seats are up for election. Richard Cohen resigned from his seat on the board and the election of someone to fill out his term will come down to write-ins.
I have been hearing from a lot of Pittsfield residents about things that are wrong in Pittsfield. Surely, no city is perfect, but we have our golden opportunity to correct at least one of the "wrongs" simply by voting yes on Question 5 on Nov. 8 to adopt the Community Preservation Act.
I'm a local real estate broker/owner of Gile Real Estate. As a broker, I see the money that we've given to other [Community Preservation Act] communities for the past 16 years in real estate document recording fees ($170 every time a property is purchased.)
As we look out to next Tuesday, there is a wide breadth of questions and various positions both national and local that every eligible voter has the right and responsibility to vote on. No matter what side you take on any of these decisions, they will not only affect our lives, but the lives of future generations in the commonwealth, our nation, and our world.
I'm writing to urge Pittsfield citizens to vote yes on Question 5. When we are open minded, study the facts, figures and multiple examples of success stories, it is a natural conclusion that Pittsfield would benefit immensely from [Community Preservation Act's] adoption. It is time to say yes.
The Community Preservation Act would support everything I love about living in Pittsfield: its proud and fascinating heritage, picturesque historic architecture, creative economy, and the natural beauty of its outdoor spaces.
Charter schools are an expensive proposition in the commonwealth of Massachusetts with no oversight from our locally elected officials. This year, over $400 million will be diverted from local school districts to fund these privately managed schools.
There is a lot of frustration with politics, especially on the national level, shown throughout this campaign season. While local Democrats say they understand it, they want to take seats in government to fix the causes of that frustration.
"For those who are so frustrated, and we have to acknowledge that frustration comes from a very real place for far too many people," said U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III.