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Easthampton City Council needs candidates

City Council President and District 2 Councilor Justin P. Cobb announced Feb. 20 that he is not seeking re-election. He said he hoped to encourage more people to run by making the announcement early.

No candidates have come forward yet, but At-Large Councilor Joseph P. McCoy said he has heard some chatter about residents who are thinking about it. “So that’s encouraging,” he said.

“But it’s not common here to have large challenges for City Council,” he added. In 2011, all council candidates ran unopposed.

Back in 1996, the first race for what was then called Town Council was very competitive, with 24 candidates running for the nine seats. Since then, there have been only four contested races for city council seats; one in 1999, two in 2003 and one in 2009. In 2007, not enough candidates submitted nomination papers to run, so three newcomers ran write-in campaigns.

— REBECCA EVERETT

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