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Three Will Vie For Adams Selectmen Seats.

By Jack Guerino
iBerkshires Staff
02:09AM / Tuesday, March 19, 2019
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ADAMS, Mass. — Three people have returned nomination papers for the two open selectmen seats.
 
Incumbents Joseph Nowak and Richard Blanchard will look to defend their seats from former Selectman Donald Sommer.
 
Nowak and Blanchard were elected together in 2013 and have served on the board since. Each are running for a third three-year term.
 
Sommer served on the board from 2007 and 2010, including as chairman. He was one of five who ran for the two available seats last May but did not receive more votes than incumbent John Duval and newcomer James Bush.
 
The only other contest this year will be for treasurer/collector. Kelly Rice, who has held the position since 2014, will be challenged by the town's former treasurer, Paul Nowicki. 
 
Rice was elected to finish the final two years of a two-year term and then won a three-year term in 2016. Nowicki had held the post for more than 17 years after first being elected in 1983 as one of the youngest treasurer/collectors in the state. He resigned in 2000 to take a job elsewhere but came back the area some years ago. 
 
No one took out papers for an open Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee seat to be vacated by current Chairman Paul Butler.
 
Jennifer Gageant, another Adams representative on the committee, returned papers and will run unopposed.
 
Longtime Planning Board member Barbara Ziemba did not return papers and former board member Michael Mach will run unopposed for her vacated seat.
 
Incumbents Board of Health Member Peter Hoyt, Assessor Lorraine Kalisz, Moderator Myra Wilk, Cemetery Commissioner James Taylor, McCann Technical School Committee member Joseph Allard, and Library Trustees Karen Kettles and Virginia Phelps Duval will all run unopposed.
 
The deadline to withdraw or object to nomination papers is April 3.
 
The deadline for filing initial campaign finance report is April 26 and the filing date for the final campaign finance report is June 5.
 
Nomination papers were due Monday at 5 p.m. The election is Monday, May 6, and the last day to register to vote is April 16.

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