NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Nomination papers for November's municipal election will be available beginning Tuesday, April 5, from the city clerk's office.
Offices up for election are mayor for two years; nine City Council seats, also for two-year terms; three School Committee seats for four-year terms and one for three years; and two McCann School Committee seats for four years.
This will only be the second time in 36 years that the mayoral race will not have an incumbent on the ballot — and both of those elections were in the past four years.
Mayor Thomas Bernard announced the day after his state of the city address in February that he would not be seeking a third term and would instead be focusing his efforts on the agenda he'd been re-elected on in 2019 that had been disrupted by the novel coronavirus.
So far one potential candidate has surfaced in current City Councilor Jason L. Forest, who has indicated his interest in running.
All nine at-large seats on the City Council are up for election with the nine highest vote-getters taking office. The council will have at least one new face after Councilor Benjamin Lamb said he would not run for a fifth term.
The othe current councilors are Lisa Blackmer, Keith Bona, Marie T. Harpin, Paul Hopkins, Peter Oleskiewicz, Jessica Sweeney and Wayne Wilkinson.
On the School Committee, incumbents are Heather Putnam Boulger, Ian Bergeron and James C. Holmes. Emily Daunis was appointed to fill the term of Robert Moulton, who resigned last year, and that seat will also be up for election to complete the four-year term that expires Dec. 31, 2024.
The current North Adams representatives to the Northern Berkshire Vocational Regional School District are Paul A. Gigliotti and Gary F. Rivers. These seats are also for four years.
Nomination papers for all seats up for election require the signatures of registered voters in the city. The last day to file nomination papers with the Registrars of Voters is July 23; last date for certified papers is Aug. 6.
If the eligible candidates number more than two times the seats, a preliminary election will be held Sept. 21, with the last day to register to vote Sept. 1.
The election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 2, from 9 to 7 at St. Elizabeth's Parish Hall. The last day to register to vote is Oct. 13.
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School hopes to have lights installed on the football field for the upcoming season.
"Friday night lights," School Committee member William Diamond joked at the committee's meeting Thursday after Superintendent James Brosnan said lights are finally coming to the school's athletic complex.
When Williams College renovated Weston Field, it donated the old lights and components to McCann. Brosnan said the project has been in the works some eight years.
He said contractor Musco Lighting went through the lighting components and that "everything is still viable and operational. Everything is ready to go."
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