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Williamstown Needs Candidates for May's Town Election

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — As of midday Tuesday, candidates have taken out papers for six of the eight elected postitions that will be on the ballot at the May 12 town election.
Both incumbents on the Select Board, Andrew Hogeland and Hugh Daley, have taken out papers for another three-year term on the body, Town Clerk Mary Kennedy said on Tuesday.
So far, Hogeland is the only candidate who has returned his completed nomination papers.
In addition to those two slots, voters will be asked elect three members of the Housing Authority, two members of the David and Joyce Milne Public Library Board of Trustees, and one member of the Planning Board.
Kennedy said incumbent Karen Kowitz has taken out papers for one of two three-year positions on the library board.
Incumbents Judith Bombardier and Nancy LaValley each have taken out papers for posts with the Housing Authority — Bombardier for a five-year seat and LaValley for a two-year seat. The authority also has a four-year term available.
Newcomer Peter Beck has taken out papers for the five-year seat available on the Planning Board.
Nomination papers are available during regular business hours at Town Hall. They must be returned to the Board of Registrars with the required signatures by Tuesday, March 24.
Questions regarding running for town office can be addressed with Town Clerk Mary C. Kennedy at 458-9341 or

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By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
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In 2020, it's a three-month closure ordered by the college to fight a global pandemic.
Paul Miller has ties to both stoppages and sees a parallel.
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