Two to run for open seat on Goshen Select Board

For the Gazette
Friday, May 05, 2017

GOSHEN — Voters will see one race on the ballot when they go to the polls Saturday as Nina Pingler, 63, of East Street, and Sean M. Fitzgerald, 47, of Hyde Hill Road, vie for a seat currently held by Select Board member Diane E. Bushee, who will not seek re-election.

Pingler is a semi-retired clinical nurse specialist in psychiatry who worked at the Veterans Affairs Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System in Leeds.

A life-long resident of Goshen, Pingler said she has been continuously encouraged by friends to run for office for some time now.

“I decided to run because I am semi-retired now, and over the years I had promised people that I would eventually do something like this,” Pingler said.

She said that one of the most important issues facing the town is its lack of access to high-speed internet.

“I am certainly interested in the WiredWest initiative and working to get broadband to town,” she said.

Pingler said that service to the town is familiar to her family.

“My uncle was on the Select Board many years ago,” she said. “I thought that if I can help the town, I should, and I am more than willing to do that.”

Pingler described herself as a well-educated individual with good critical thinking skills, attributes she said are important and can help move the town forward.

She said she looks forward to working together with the other boards and committees to review, analyze and tackle issues facing the town and those that may come in the future.

Sean Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald is originally from the Hungry Hill area of Springfield.

“I moved here 22 years ago, built a home and raised a family,” he said. “Now that my children are older and I have some time, I think it is important to do more for the town.”

He has previously served on the Hampshire Regional School Committee, and has an undergraduate degree in business management from Western New England University.

A 26-year employee of Verizon, Fitzgerald said he works in high-speed data and special services.

“High-speed internet is the main issue that is on the town’s mind, and I feel like I have something to bring to the table there,” he said.

Fitzgerald described himself as a problem solver and team player who enjoys overcoming challenges.

“This is a great town and we have some very talented people on the Select Board so I would love to join that team,” he said.

Polls will be open on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Goshen Town Hall.

The following candidates and incumbents are running unopposed:

Michael R. Rock, almoner; Cassandra L. Morrey, assessor; Anne Marie Deres and Dawn M. Scaporotti, Finance Committee; Clarence Rowley, Board of Health; Rosemary W. Bienz, library trustee; Sabrina Mare Willard and Edward Sturtevant, Chesterfield/Goshen Regional School Committee; Robert H. Labrie, moderator; and Roger A. Culver, Tilton Fruit Farm supervisor.