Easthampton Campaign Notebook: Karen Cadieux gets name on ballot, Tamara Smith may run for City Council
EASTHAMPTON — Karen L. Cadieux became the city’s first official mayoral candidate for the Nov. 5 election when she turned in her nomination papers to the city clerk’s office Monday, exactly one week after the papers became available to aspiring candidates.
Assistant City Clerk MaryAnn Giza verified that Cadieux’s papers included more than the 100 signatures from registered voters, which is required to get a spot on the ballot.
Two others who have taken out papers to run for mayor, School Committee Chairwoman Nancy L. Sykes and Treehouse Circle resident David G. Ewing, are still collecting signatures.
Cadieux, 59, has worked as assistant to Mayor Michael A. Tautznik for the last 16 years.
On Monday, she said she received a great response from residents when collecting signatures at her campaign kick-off event and fundraiser July 1 at Glory Days Restaurant and by going door-to-door last week.
“People seemed really excited about it,” she said. “This has been positive and exciting the whole way.”
The next step in her campaign, she said, is to send out mailers, go door to door, do meet-and-greet events, and “anything that’s going to get the word out about this and the issues I’m running on.”
Cadieux said she is running on a platform of supporting city schools and public safety departments, smart economic and cultural development and building a boardwalk around Nashawannuck Pond.
Council field shaping up
The first newcomer to signal a run for City Council so far this campaign season is Tamara L. Smith, a professor who lives on Strong Street.
Smith, 40, took out nomination papers Monday to run for an at-large council seat.
According to the Westfield State University website, Smith is an assistant professor of sociology and coordinator of the school’s gerontology minor.
A mother of five children attending Easthampton public schools, she was an outspoken supporter of the unsuccessful $1.4 million override school officials proposed to avoid cuts. The override failed in the Nov. 6 election.
Every seat on the council is up for election. Four of nine seats are at-large positions, and the other five are elected by geographic district. Of the current at-large councilors, Joseph P. McCoy and Chester A. Ogulewicz Jr. have each taken out papers to run for re-election.
At-large councilors Donald L. Cykowski and Nathaniel P. Ziegler have not taken out papers, though they have more than two months until the deadline. They did not return calls about whether they intend to run.
District 1 Councilor Daniel C. Hagan and District 5 Councilor Daniel D. Rist also took out nomination papers. District 3 Councilor Joy E. Winnie and District 4 Councilor Salem Derby have not yet taken out papers.
District 2 Councilor Justin P. Cobb has announced he is not seeking re-election.
To get her name on the ballot, Smith needs to collect signatures from at least 100 registered voters, without more than 25 from a given district. The deadline to submit the signatures is Sept. 17.
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