Easthampton Campaign Notebook: Mayoral candidate Nancy Sykes plans kick-off event, council race draws more hopefuls
Nancy L. Sykes. CAROL LOLLIS.
Karen L. Cadieux
Dave Ewing, at his home in Easthampton, running for mayor.
EASTHAMPTON — Mayoral candidate Nancy L. Sykes will hold a campaign kick-off event and fundraiser Sept. 4, though she’s already been meeting and talking to people around the city for weeks.
The free event is at Tandem Bagel on Railroad Street from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
“It is an opportunity to meet me, learn more about my priorities, sign up for volunteering and meet others interested in the campaign,” said Sykes, 72, who is also the chairwoman of the School Committee.
Sykes has been campaigning by meeting with groups including the Council on Aging and attending campaign house parties.
The other official candidate in the race is Mayoral Assistant Karen L. Cadieux, 59, of 11 Deerfield Drive. Cadieux, who has the endorsement of Mayor Michael A. Tautznik, has also been campaigning and signs supporting her have begun to appear on lawns around the city.
Tautznik is not seeking re-election to a ninth term, but has said he will run for the state Senate seat vacated Aug. 9 by Michael R. Knapik, R-Westfield.
The third mayoral hopeful, David G. Ewing, 64, of 5 Treehouse Circle, said he has been out introducing himself around the city and collecting signatures. He hopes to turn in his 100 signatures early next week.
Another seeks at-large
A seventh resident hoping to be elected to one of four at-large City Council seats in the Nov. 5 election has taken out nomination papers. Troy A. Gray, 46, of 63 Clark St., a systems engineer at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, said he wants to join city government to help keep the city on the right track.
“I think the city is managed very well,” he said Monday. “I like what I see and I want to be a part of it.”
A New Hampshire native, Gray said he lived in various places around the country before buying his Clark Street home in 2005. He and his wife, Carrie Ferrini, have a 9-month-old son, Bishop.
“We’re putting roots in here, we care about the community and I want to be more involved,” he said.
So far, three of the seven who took out papers to run for the four at-large council positions have returned their papers with the 100 signatures required to be official candidates on the ballot. They are James “J.P.” Kwiecinski and incumbents Joseph P. McCoy and Chester A. Ogulewicz Jr.
Gray and three others have three weeks until the Sept. 17 deadline to turn in the necessary signatures. The others still collecting signatures are newcomers Mary T. Cusack and Tamara L. Smith and incumbent Nathaniel P. Ziegler.
The only at-large councilor yet to take out papers for re-election is Donald L. Cykowski, who was criticized by residents and other councilors last year for making a racist comment at a council meeting and allegedly sexually harassing a former library director over a period of several years. A citizen effort to recall him failed last summer.
So far, there are no contested races for the five district councilor seats that are also up for election, though residents can still take out nomination papers until Sept. 17.
District 1 Councilor Daniel C. Hagan has returned his papers, and councilors for districts 3 through 5, Joy E. Winnie, Salem Derby and Daniel D. Rist, are still collecting signatures.
District 2 Councilor Justin P. Cobb has said he will not run again and Pleasant Street resident Jennifer A. Hayes plans to run to replace him.
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