WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — With one week to go until the deadline to file papers for the April 30 town election, there is one position for which no candidates have taken papers.
Update: Papers were taken out Monday afternoon for the remaining School Committee seat by Richard Reynolds of Harwood Street.
One of the two three-year seats on the Williamstown Elementary School Committee up for election this spring will go vacant unless the situation changes.
At the close of Wednesday evening's committee meeting, Chairwoman Margaret McComish appealed to members of the audience watching on the town's community access television station to consider requesting papers in time to gather signatures before the March 21 deadline to file with the Board of Registrars.
As of Thursday morning, Town Clerk Mary Kennedy reported current WES Committee members Dan Caplinger and Valerie Hall have had their papers certfied to be included on the town election ballot. Caplinger is running for a three-year seat; Hall will stand for a two-year term.
All other seats on the April ballot have at least one interested candidate, according to Kennedy, and none of the seats are headed toward contested elections.
For Selectmen, returner Ronald Turbin has had his papers certified in his bid for re-election. And Jane Patton will be on the ballot looking to replace Tom Costley, who has not taken out papers.
Adam Filson has been certified as the only candidate for the three-year position of moderator. He would replace Mark Gold.
James Gazzaniga will be on the ballot to return as a town representative to the Northern Berkshire Vocational Regional School District (McCann Tech) Committee.
The one seat on the Planning Board has one interested candidate, Carol Stein Payne, who has taken out papers but not returned them as of Thursday morning.
There are four seats on the ballot for the Trustees of the David and Joyce Milne Public Library. Returning Trustee Peter Mehlin has been certfied as a candidate, and Trustees Mark Maniak and Rebecca Ohm have taken out papers to retain their seats. The fourth seat, currently occupied by Chairwoman Nancy McIntire, was going asking until Thursday morning, when Katherine Myers took out papers.
The town election was moved up to April 30 to coincide with the statewide primary for the special election to replace former Sen. John Kerry. Normally, town election is held one week before town meeting, scheduled for May 21 this year.