Easthampton ballot will include four-way race for mayor and contests for at-large city councilor and School Committee
Easthampton mayoral hopeful Herbert M. Glazier, 85, attaches a campaign sign to his van outside his apartment on Everett Street on Wednesday. REBECCA EVERETT
Nancy L. Sykes. CAROL LOLLIS.
Karen L. Cadieux
Dave Ewing, at his home in Easthampton, running for mayor.
EASTHAMPTON — Contests for mayor, at-large city councilor and School Committee will be on the Nov. 5 ballot. Those were made official when the deadline to turn in nomination papers passed at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Herbert M. Glazier, 85, of 108 Everett St., Apt. 106, became the fourth mayoral candidate when he turned in the required 100 signatures Tuesday morning. He joins the other three candidates who had already turned in their nomination papers — Karen L. Cadieux, 59, of 11 Deerfield Drive, assistant to the mayor; School Committee Chairwoman Nancy L. Sykes, 72, of 32 Mutter St.; and candle maker David G. Ewing, 64, of 5 Treehouse Circle, Apt. 3.
This is the first mayoral race which does not include the incumbent, Michael A. Tautznik. First elected mayor in 1996, Tautznik this year is a Democratic candidate for the vacant 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District state Senate seat.
City Clerk Barbara LaBombard said Tuesday that she expects a good turnout for the Nov. 5 election. In addition to electing a new mayor and City Council races, she pointed out that the state Senate special election also will be held that day.
“It’s a dual election,” she said. “Our voter turnout tends to be around 30 percent for a good city election, so I hope we’ll see more than that.”
The last time there was an open mayoral race was the special election in 1996 — the first time Easthampton voters elected a mayor — when turnout was 58 percent, according to city records.
Also on the Nov. 5 ballot there are seven candidates running for four at-large City Council seats. They are incumbents Donald L. Cykowski, 75, of 86 Pomeroy St.; Joseph P. McCoy, 55, of 11 Clapp St.; Chester A. Ogulewicz Jr., 58, of 18 Sandra Road; and Nathaniel P. Ziegler, 39, of 58 Maple St.; as well as challengers Donald C. Emerson, 66, of 459 East St.; James “J.P.” Kwiecinski, 60, of 47 Hannum Brook Drive; and Tamara L. Smith, 40, of 103 Strong St.
And seven candidates are vying for six School Committee seats. They are incumbents Peter T. Gunn, 50, of 8 Brewster Ave.; Lori J. Ingraham, 46, of 22 Picard Circle; Debora B. Lusnia, 51, of 38 Ashley Circle; and Laura N. Scott, 33, of 19 Plain St.; and newcomers Wendy G. Bloomenthal, 41, of 11 Karen Circle; Daniel R. Carey, 28, of 14 Pinebrook Drive; and Kelley S. Hopkins, 57, of 23 Beechwood Ave.
There are no contested races for the five district City Council seats. Incumbents seeking re-election are District 1 Councilor Daniel C. Hagan, 63, of 24 Highland Ave.; District 3 Councilor Joy E. Winnie, 54, of 157 Holyoke St.; District 4 Councilor Salem Derby, 39, of 15 West View Terrace; and District 5 Councilor Daniel D. Rist, 61, of 38 Plain St. Newcomer Jennifer A. Hayes, 43, of 116 Pleasant St., Apt. 414, is running unopposed for the District 2 seat to be vacated by Councilor Justin P. Cobb.
Candidates will draw Oct. 3 to determine their ballot positions.
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