Alisa Klein to run for Northampton City Council in Ward 7
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NORTHAMPTON — A race is shaping up in Leeds, where Alisa Klein will take on incumbent Ward 7 City Councilor Eugene Tacy in November.
Klein, 53, of Chestnut Avenue, said she wants to represent a spectrum of viewpoints from around the ward, particularly those she said have been left out. “I think the people who struggle financially are less part of the discussion of what our ward needs,” Klein said in a phone interview.
Tacy said he took out nomination papers last week and plans to seek a third term on the City Council.
“It’s always nice to have competition,” he said. “It gets issues out, it gets questions asked.”
Klein has lived in Leeds for 14 years. She graduated from Smith College in 1991. She holds a master’s degree in international policy and runs Alisa Klein Consulting, working with nonprofit organizations as a policy analyst and strategic planner around issues like violence prevention and peacebuilding.
She serves on the board of directors of Voices from Inside, a group that offers writing classes to incarcerated women, and is a trained mediator.
In a statement, City Council President William Dwight called Klein “the epitome of an engaged, caring citizen.”
“She understands that many of the issues that affect us here in Northampton are influenced by policies and attitudes beyond the Pioneer Valley,” Dwight said.
Jeff Rosen of Leeds, chief financial officer at the Solidago Foundation in Northampton, is the chairman of Klein’s campaign committee. Jeff Napolitano is campaign manager.
To contact Klein and for more information, visit votealisa.com.