Town Meeting seats only contested races in Amherst election
AMHERST — A handful of Amherst’s 10 precincts are providing the only contested races at the annual town election Tuesday.
Though townwide seats are available on the Select Board, School Committee and Jones Library Board of Trustees, none feature competition.
Four of the 10 precincts, though, have more than eight residents seeking positions as Town Meeting members, with only the top eight winning election to Amherst’s legislative body.
Polls will open at 7 a.m., and close at 8 p.m.
Incumbents Alisa Brewer of 5 Fairfield St. and James Wald of 454 Old Montague Road are seeking re-election to their three-year positions on the Select Board, while incumbent Richard Hood of 28 Farmington Road and newcomer Kathleen Traphagen of 496 South East St. are on the ballot for three-year seats on the School Committee and incumbent Robert Pam of 229 Amity St. is seeking to retain his seat as a library trustee. A second library trustee candidate, Jonathan McCabe of 57 Glendale Road is running as a write-in candidate for the other three-year position.
James Pistrang of 41 High Point Drive is the lone candidate for a one-year term as moderator, a post long been held by Harrison Gregg, who opted against re-election. John Coull of 20 Sheerman Lane is running again for a one-year position as elector under the Oliver Smith will, and Margaret Roberts of 2 Hills Road is pursuing another five-year tern on the Amherst Housing Authority.
The ballot for Town Meeting members includes at least a dozen University of Massachusetts students seeking some of the 80 positions available.
The most competitive will be in Precinct 8, where 15 people are seeking eight seats. In Precincts 7 and 9, 13 are running for eight seats, and in Precinct 10, 11 people are seeking eight positions.
The remaining precincts have eight or fewer people running, which means some seats could be filled by write-ins when Town Meeting begins May 6.
Precinct 1 votes at Korean Zion Church Parish Hall, 1193 North Pleasant St.; Precinct 2 at North Fire Station, 603 East Pleasant St.; Precinct 3 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 867 North Pleasant St.; Precincts 4, 5 and 10 at Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk; Precinct 6 at Fort River School, 70 South East St.; Precinct 7 at Crocker Farm School, 280 West St.; Precinct 8 at Munson Memorial Library, 1046 South East St.; and Precinct 9 at Wildwood School, 71 Strong St.