Voters will choose the next City Council on Tuesday.
A total of 19 candidates for City Council will be on the ballot, with races in nearly all of the wards and for the four at-large seats. The election will also feature six candidates seeking six seats on the School Committee and Michele Cetti is running unopposed for City Clerk.
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.
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.
One of the most quietly influential people in both these realms during this time has been Tom Bernard, who is now running to become mayor of North Adams. I heartily endorse Tom's candidacy because he is the right choice for North Adams.
The ballot positions are set.
On Tuesday afternoon City Clerk Jody Phillips and Assistant Clerk Michelle Cetti drew the names randomly from a tumbler. There are six candidates vying for four at-large seats, two candidates in each of six of seven wards, and six running for six seats on the School Committee.
Robert R. Moulton Jr. and Peter Oleskiewicz failed to file campaign reports with the Office of Campaign and Political Finance by the Sept. 11 filing date. Each was being fined $25 a day until their report is filed. This is a personal fine and committee funds may not be used.
Three of the four mayoral candidates running in the preliminary election on Tuesday offered their positions on questions ranging from economic development to the opioid crisis at a forum Thursday held in the renovated Weave Shed at Greylock Works.
This is a listing of public forums and debates for candidates in the municipal elections in North Adams and Pittsfield and for the special election for state representative in the 1st Berkshire District.
Two city gadflies wasted everyone's time on Wednesday in a "shameless plug" when they accused Dennis Powell of falsifying nomination signatures for School Committee, according to Board of Registrar member William Barry.
Craig Gaetani, who is running for City Council at large, and resident Alexander Blumin filed objections to Powell's nomination papers. The pair, who are both regular speakers during the City Council's open microphone period, accused Powell of having the same person write multi
Voters will narrow down one of the largest mayoral fields in decades this September, with five candidates qualifying for the preliminary election ballot.
This will also be the first time in decades that an incumbent is not on the ballot -- the last time that happened was in 1983.
Peter J. Oleskiewicz of Massachusetts Avenue pulled papers on Wednesday, joining Thomas W. Bernard, Ronald A. Boucher, Rachel I. Branch, Robert R. Moulton Jr., and Robert M. Martelle. Bernard and Branch are the only candidates to have returned signatures and have them verified.
The list of City Council candidates may be shrinking with barely 10 days left to go for nomination papers to be submitted.
Of the 17 candidates who pulled papers, one has formally withdrawn, one is running for state representative, and only eight have returned papers.
There won't be a need for a preliminary election.
The last day to file nomination papers for signature certification was Monday and not enough candidates have been nominated to require a preliminary election. However, there will be races for nearly every ward and for the at large seats on the City Council. There are four at large, seven ward, six school committee, and a city clerk positions up for election.
Four Pittsfield City Council candidates have earned endorsement: newcomers Helen Moon, a candidate for Ward 1, and Dina Giuel in Ward 2; and incubments Donna Todd Rivers in Ward 5 and Melissa Mazzeo for an at-large seat.
More names are being added to the list of candidates for City Council this fall, but two more names will also be missing, as of Friday.
The mayoral race has also added a candidate in Rachel Branch, who took out papers this week and has already returned them. Thomas Bernard and City Councilor Ronald Boucher have also announced for mayor.
There's potential for a race for the corner office this election season.
Ronald A. Boucher has taken out papers to run for mayor. The city councilor had intimated earlier this week that he was considering a second try for the office.