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Easthampton Campaign Notebook: Nomination papers available Monday, mayoral candidate Karen Cadieux holds fundraiser

  • Karen L. Cadieux<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Nancy L. Sykes. CAROL LOLLIS.

— Mayoral candidate Karen L. Cadieux will kick off her campaign with an event Monday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Glory Days Restaurant, 65 Glendale St.

Cadieux, 59, said she has intended to run for mayor since October, but this is her first official campaign event.

A flier delivered to the Gazette Monday included the first formal announcement of Cadieux’s “leadership priorities” that she would pursue if elected mayor. They include ensuring smart economic and cultural development, providing good education and strong public safety departments, and building a boardwalk around Nashawannuck Pond.

She has the endorsement of outgoing Mayor Michael A. Tautznik. She has been his assistant for more than 16 years and served as acting mayor during his absences, she wrote in the flier.

School Committee chairwoman Nancy L. Sykes has also said she plans to run for mayor.

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Nomination papers
available Monday

Meanwhile, residents planning to run for office in the city can take out nomination papers starting Monday.

“I think we’ll have people coming in right away on Monday,” said Assistant City Clerk MaryAnn Giza.

The positions up for grabs in the Nov. 5 election are all for two-year terms and include all nine City Council seats, six School Committee seats and mayor. The mayoral race will not have an incumbent for the first time since Tautznik was elected the city’s first mayor in 1996. He has said he will not run for re-election.

After picking up nomination papers, candidates must collect the requisite number of signatures from registered voters and submit them to the Board of Registrars by Sept. 17 at 5 p.m. to get on the ballot.

To run for mayor, School Committee or any of the four councilor-at-large positions, a candidate must have at least 100 signatures, with no more than 25 from any one district.

To run for any of the five district city councilor positions, a candidate must collect at least 50 signatures from his or her district.

Ballot positions will be drawn Oct. 3, which is also the last day for candidates to withdraw. Oct. 16 is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 5 election.

District 1 City Councilor Daniel C. Hagan and Councilor-At-Large Joseph P. McCoy have said they will run for re-election, while Council President Justin P. Cobb said he will vacate the District 2 council seat at the end of the year.

No School Committee members have announced their intent to run again.

Rebecca Everett can be reached at reverett@gazettenet.com.

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