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Newcomers Running for Cheshire Selectmen

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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CHESHIRE, Mass. — Three candidates are running for two open three-year seats on the Board of Selectmen seats in the annual town election this May.
Raymond Killeen, Shawn McGrath and Michael "Mickey" Biagini Jr. will all run for the two open selectmen seats. No incumbents are running.
One seat is open, vacated by Robert Ciskowski who resigned from the board earlier this year. He was completing his second consecutive term though he had served some years previously.
Incumbent Ronald DeAngelis did not return nomination papers for the second seat. DeAngelis won one of the two seats added in 2019 to expand the board to five. That term was for two years.
All other positions will be filled by incumbents running unopposed except for newcomers Stephen LaFogg, who is running for water commissioner, and Aaron Singer, who is running for a four-year Planning Board seat, unopposed.
Incumbent Everett "Gus" Martin will run for the Board of Assessors unopposed and Brian Trudeau will run for the Board of Health unopposed.
Rebecca Herzog is expected to return as tax collector and Christine Emerson as town clerk.
Water Commissioner Ricky Gurney will run unopposed, and Hoosac Valley Regional School District Committee member Bethany DeMarco will as well.
There is still an open three-year seat on the Cemetery Commission. There are also two open Planning Board seats for five years and one year.
The election is on Monday, May 3. Last day to register to vote is Tuesday, April 13, from 9 to 8 at the town clerk's office.

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Cheshire Town Meeting to Vote on Appointing Clerk, Tax Collector

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
Updated with corrected quote from the Town Clerk and clarification from the Select Board Chairwoman
CHESHIRE, Mass. — The town will move toward making the town clerk and tax collector positions appointed instead of elected.
During a budget discussion Tuesday, the Selectmen voted to place an article on the town meeting warrant that would change some town clerical positions from elected to appointed.
The discussion arose from Town Clerk Christine Emerson's budget presentation. She added in a $10,000 line item to hire an assistant who she can train to replace her in the three remaining years she wishes to work.  
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