Election Checkup: Pittsfield Sees Increased Interest in School Committee

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff
Print Story | Email Story

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — More candidates have had their signatures certified and there is now a full slate of interest in the School Committee.

Not long after the City Council averted a petition from Ward 2 Councilor Charles Kronick that imposed a 30-year age requirement to represent Pittsfield schools, two more people have taken out papers for the six-seat board: Stephanie Sabin and Dominick Carmen Sacco.

According to her social media, Sabin works as a patient advocate for bariatric surgery at Berkshire Medical Center.

Kronick had proposed charter modifications that include a minimum 30-year age requirement on School Committee candidates and a one-year "cooling off" period for elected officials and it did not fare well.

A majority of the councilors and some community members spoke against the proposal before Ward 1 Councilor Kenneth Warren called a charter objection.

At the time, only five candidates have taken out papers for the six-seat board, one of whom is 19-year-old William Garrity. The young candidate said people his age are leaving and the city should be enticing them to return.

"By putting an age limit for office, the city would be implying that it does not care about the voices of young people like me in the city," he said.

"How would this implicit statement help to keep and attract young people to the city in a time where it's very much needed for our future?"

A new candidate has also taken out papers for Ward 2, Soncere Williams. According to her Linkedin, she is self-employed as a forensic mitigation social service expert.

Kronick indicated during last week's council meeting that he is dropping out of the race and had not returned nomination papers as of Friday. 

Alisa Costa, who is vying for an at-large seat, has had her signatures certified by the city clerk. Costa was previously running for a Ward 3 and at-large seat and has since withdrawn from the ward race.

As of Friday, eight of the 28 people who took out papers have had their signatures certified and returned to the city clerk's office: mayoral candidate Peter Marchetti, incumbent City Clerk Michele Benjamin, Costa, incumbent Councilor at Large Peter White, at-large candidate Craig Benoit, Ward 3 candidate Bill Tyer, Ward 3 candidate Matthew Wrinn, and incumbent Ward 5 Councilor Patrick Kavey.

The last day to submit nomination papers to the Registrar of Voters for certification is July 21 and the last day to submit papers to the city clerk is Aug. 4. A preliminary election, if needed, is scheduled for Sept. 19 and the general election is on Nov. 7.

Candidate list


Peter Marchetti
John Krol Jr
Craig Gaetani


Michele Benjamin


Earl Persip, III
Peter White
Alisa Costa
Craig Benoit
Karen Kalinowsky
Jonathon Morey


Kenneth Warren, Jr


Charles Kronick
Soncere Williams


Bill Tyer
Matthew J Wrinn


James Bryan Conant


Patrick Kavey
Ocean Sutton


Craig Gaetani
Dina Lampiasi


Anthony Maffuccio
Jonathon Morey


William Garrity Jr.
Sara Hathaway
William Cameron
Daniel Elias
Stephanie Sabin
Dominick Sacco


Tags: election 2023,   municipal election,   

If you would like to contribute information on this article, contact us at info@iberkshires.com.

Pittsfield Draws Ballot Positions for November Election

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

Candidates for at-large seats put the names in the tumbler. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — With the general election just over a month away, ballot positions were drawn for the mayoral, School Committee, and multiple City Council races.

City Clerk Michele Benjamin congratulated all candidates for their nominations and placement on the ballot.

Peter Marchetti attended the drawing and pulled second position, placing John Krol in the first position on the ballot for mayor. 

Councilors-at-large candidates Kathleen Amuso, Craig Benoit, Daniel Miraglia, Alisa Costa and a representative of Lucas Marion drew their own names. Incumbent Peter White is in the first position followed by Benoit, Amuso, Miraglia, Costa, incumbent Earl Persip III and Marion.

The four candidates with the top votes will be selected as councilors at large on Nov. 7.

School Committee candidate William Garrity attended and drew second position behind Dominick Sacco in the first. Incumbent Daniel Elias is in the third position followed by incumbent Sara Hathaway, incumbent William Cameron, and Diana Belair.

The committee has six seats.

Wards 1, 4 and 5 — held by incumbents Kenneth Warren, James Bryan Conant and Patrick Kavey, respectively — are not being contested.

A representative of Ward 2 candidate Brittany Bandani drew first position, placing Alex Blumin in the second position.

View Full Story

More Pittsfield Stories