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Library trustee candidate in Amherst to stage write-in campaign

Even though his name won’t appear on the ballot at Tuesday’s town election, Jonathan McCabe is seeking a seat on the Jones Library Board of Trustees.

Though two three-year terms are up for grabs, only Robert Pam, of 229 Amity St., will be on the printed ballot.

McCabe, of 57 Glendale Road, is running as a write-in candidate. “I will be asking my supporters to write me in,” said McCabe, in an email.

He submitted 56 signatures to the town clerk’s office by the Feb. 19 deadline, but seven were declared invalid because they were people who are not registered to vote in Amherst. This left him one short of the required 50 signatures.

Susan Audette, assistant town clerk, said this serves as a reminder to candidates to get well in excess of 50 signatures to ensure they have a sufficient number.

McCabe, 54, has lived in town for three years after relocating from New York City with his wife, Farah Ameen, and his 3½-year-old daughter. A Weston native, he is an adjunct professor in political science at Holyoke Community College.

“I have been a constant patron of the Jones library since we came to Amherst, whether it be reading through the stacks, playing with my daughter in the children’s room or enjoying the Burnett Gallery space,” McCabe said. “I am hoping I get a chance to do my part and give back a little.”

The ballot features no contested elections for any townwide positions.

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