The former North Adams mayor was considered a shoe-in for the general election after defeating three fellow Democrats in the primary last month. He swept over Republican Christine Canning with all but Florida and Hancock reporting in. No Republican has held the seat in more than 30 years.
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The tasks are complex and no two days are the same. Challenges do not always fit into neat boxes as one moment you are managing the city finances through a recession, then a natural disaster might strike, and very often you find yourself taking on tasks that go well beyond the job description. click for more
Hans Morris of Stockbridge donated $250 to the campaign of Thomas Bernard last month. Morris is a member of the group of investors who purchased New England Newspapers last year.
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As the campaign has progressed and tough questions have come forward I have witnessed Tom in professional mode. His thorough and deliberate manner along with his ability to seek council from many sources really showed me how he will handle the complex decisions a mayor has to make. click for more
Candidates who fail to file campaign finance reports in a timely fashion are penalized $25 a day up to $5,000 and must pay with their own, not their campaign, money by the Office of Campaign and Political Finance.
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Keifer is equipped with knowledge and connections at MCLA, Mass MoCA, The North Adams Chamber and the North Adams Farmers market. These connections along with his commitment to his community would make Keifer Gammell a tremendous asset to the North Adams City Council.
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I have gotten to know Tom well over the past eight years and have come to respect his knowledge, willingness to listen, thoroughness and thoughtfulness. Tom has a passion for North Adams that starts with his family and extends to the community as a whole. click for more
Keifer has also shown his ability to work along with other communities through his job at Mass MoCA. I urge the people of North Adams to vote for Keifer Gammell in the upcoming election on Nov. 7 and give him the opportunity to help the City of the North Adams to grow.
Ward 2 Councilor Kevin Morandi says with the city approaching the tax levy limit, experience matters.
"Now more than ever we need experienced leadership, one who know budgets," Morandi said, emphasizing that he's gone through six budget cycles and six tax classification hearing.
Thomas Bernard and Robert Moulton Jr. tangled over crime, economic development, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, students' "gangster" dressing, and what has become an albatross at every election, the Mohawk Theater.
I am writing in support of Marie Harpin candidate for North Adams City Council. Marie is a lifelong resident of the city of North Adams, educated in local schools and a graduate of McCann Technical School. She received her bachelor's and MBA from MCLA.
It is time for Berkshire County and the commonwealth of Massachusetts to move forward and think about the citizens and not the insiders. Christine Canning will help drain the Swamp on Beacon Hill, not join it.
Councilor At-Large Melissa Mazzeo recently received a call from a resident who had recently become the guardian of their grandchild.
The resident needed help navigating the school enrollment. The grandparent believed the student belongs in one school, school officials said the child needed to go to another school. It was a taxing issue.
Fifteen of the candidates on the ballot for City Council pitched their experience at a forum on Thursday night that focused on crime, infrastructure and how the city's anchor institutions fit into its growth and development.
The candidates, not surprisingly, were in broad agreement on how to address these issues ("ditto" was used several times), although they did take some time during the hourlong forum to try to distinguish themselves from the pack.
Supporters of the $19 million school project were accused of unethical conduct in garnering signatures for a second special town meeting to approve borrowing for the project.
Another resident vowed to circulate her own petition for a third vote should this second one pass.
Voters in much of North County head to the polls today to select the Democratic Party nominee for the 1st Berkshire District.
Only one winner will emerge in the state representative race between John Barrett III, a former mayor; Stephanie Bosley, daughter of a prior holder of the seat; Lisa Blackmer, a city councilor; and Kevin Towle, a legislative aide.
She has worked hard and effectively on the City Council and in Boston advocating for our region. She has balanced work and family, always in the service of others. I have no doubt that as a state representative she will work just as hard, listen just as carefully, and love just as fully as she has as a mother, grandmother, wife, and public servant.
I am supporting Lisa because she has the experience, relationships, and vision to carry on Gail's legacy in Boston. She will be an amazing state representative and she has my vote on Oct. 10, I hope she has yours.
On Tuesday, the voters in the Democratic primary for the 1st Berkshire seat in the House of Representatives will choose from among four candidates who share many of the same policy positions but offer very different backgrounds.
Meeting the energized Lisa Blackmer, seeing her interact with folks, and watching their responses back re-enforced our choice that NoCo was the place to be. There ARE politicians and representatives that care, that get involved, that are an integral part of a community.
Her energy, knowledge, and enthusiasm for our communities are unmatched. Not only has she served the city well for the past 10 years, both here and in Boston, but she has been a staunch supporter of every cause she comes across.