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Williamstown Lacking Candidates for May Election

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — With two weeks left to submit completed nomination papers for May's town election, just two individuals have taken out papers for the six seats that will be on that ballot.
Town Clerk Nicole Beverly reported Monday morning that only incumbent Andy Hogeland has taken out papers for one of two seats on the Select Board that will be decided in the May 9 election.
In the race to fill one year of an unexpired term on the Planning Board, only Benjamin Greenfield has taken out papers.
Neither potential candidate had yet returned papers by Monday morning with the required signatures to get a spot on the ballot.
In addition to the two three-year seats on the Select Board and the one-year seat on the Planning Board, the town election will have a full five-year seat on the Planning Board and two three-year seats on the Milne Library Board of Trustees on the ballot.
Nomination papers were released on Feb. 6 and are due back with the required signatures by 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 21.
Candidates need to secure at least 31 signatures of registered voters to earn a spot on the ballot. Beverly suggests that candidates aim for more signatures in case some cannot be verified by the Board of Registrars.

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Letter: Comment on DEI in Mount Greylock School Budget

To the Editor:

"Mount Greylock School Committee Members Push to Keep Diversity Post in Budget" (March 27) prompts responses from Lanesborough, Williamstown and other towns that send their students to the Mount Greylock Regional School District.

The DEI position has been a source of controversy since its creation. There is little, if any, disagreement that our communities want our schools to be welcoming and free of bias. The controversy stems from determining the best way to achieve this goal. Superintendent McCandless was spot on when he said that advocating for the schools "in complete isolation of the bigger picture ... is not a good recipe for actually getting a budget through town meeting. It is not a good recipe for building a long and respectful relationship with the community you depend on for financial support."

I urge the Mount Greylock Regional School District to reach out now to the sending communities with specifics about the initiative. They may have done this somewhat before, but there is still a great deal of uncertainty about what Superintendent McCandless described as "[an] ethically and morally mandated position."

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