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David Ewing third resident to signal possible run for mayor of Easthampton

EASTHAMPTON — The number of possible candidates to be the next mayor of Easthampton grew to three Monday, the first day residents could acquire nomination papers to run for office in the Nov. 5 election.

So far, those seeking signatures to get on the ballot are David G. Ewing, 64, of 5 Treehouse Circle, as well as two city officials who had already announced their candidacies — School Committee Chairwoman Nancy L. Sykes, 72, of 32 Mutter St., and mayoral assistant Karen L. Cadieux, 59, of 11 Deerfield Drive.

Michael A. Tautznik, Easthampton’s only mayor since it became a city in 1996, has said he is not running for re-election.

Matthew S. Wark, 21, of 42 Peloquin Drive, also took out papers Monday to run for mayor but said in an interview Monday night that he had since decided not to run.

City Clerk Barbara LaBombard said it is not unusual for residents to take out nomination papers and then decide not to run. “Sometimes people take out papers and then we never see them again,” she said. “They’re not candidates until they return their papers with 100 proper signatures.”

Those interested in running for mayor have to collect signatures from 100 registered voters, with no more than 25 from any one of the city’s five districts, to get on the ballot. They have until Sept. 17 to return the signatures.

Calls to Ewing’s home were not returned Monday. He is a candle maker, according to city records.

Meanwhile on Monday, Cadieux hosted a campaign kickoff event at Glory Days Restaurant on Glendale Street and Sykes collected signatures at Tandem Bagel Co. on Railroad Street.

Two city councilors also took out nomination papers Monday to run for re-election. They are and Council Vice President Joseph P. McCoy, an at-large councilor, and District 1 Councilor Daniel C. Hagan.

Council President Justin C. Cobb, who represents District 2, is the only councilor who is not planning to seek re-election.

Rebecca Everett can be reached at reverett@gazettenet.com.

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