Helen Moon was arguably the most visible candidate among those seeking seats on the City Council this year.
Moon had organized a high energy campaign for Ward 1 as she looked to fill a vacancy being created by Lisa Tully's decision not to run for re-election.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mention of Morris' donation was omitted from an article in The Eagle on the pre-election campaign finance reports. iBerkshires also wrote an article about the filings but did not catch Morris' name in connection to the newspaper group.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Decisions will have to be made by this City Council and will face many challenges over the next couple years. I am writing this letter to endorse Marie Harpin for City Council because I feel she will best represent tough decisions that will have to be made with the residents in mind. She also will work with our next mayor and City Council to bring new ideas and energy to the table.
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.
The School Committee is going to have to consider closing a school.
At least five of the six candidates for the committee believe that has to be on the table. Six total candidates are on the ballot for six seats. On Monday, five of those candidates gathered for a conversation at Berkshire Community College.
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.
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.