Herbert Glazier, 85, fourth to announce candidacy for mayor in Easthampton
Easthampton mayoral hopeful Herbert M. Glazier, 85, attaches a campaign sign to his van outside his apartment on Everett Street on Wednesday. REBECCA EVERETT
Easthampton mayoral hopeful Herbert M. Glazier, 85, of 108 Everett St., Apt. 106, with his dog, Rudy, Wednesday. REBECCA EVERETT
EASTHAMPTON — A fourth person has announced a run for mayor.
Herbert M. Glazier, 85, of 108 Everett St., Apt. 106, took out nomination papers Tuesday. That gave him exactly one week until next Tuesday’s deadline to collect the 100 signatures required to get on the Nov. 5 ballot with the three other mayoral candidates, and he’s already about two-thirds of the way to that goal.
According to Glazier, people at the Council on Aging Enrichment Center encouraged him to run for mayor. “They said, ‘You’re inventive and creative and we’d take a chance on you,’” he added.
In the 24 hours after he picked up his nomination papers from the city clerk’s office, he collected 64 signatures.
If he turns in his signatures on time, he will join three other candidates who have turned in papers: Mayoral Assistant Karen L. Cadieux, 59, of 11 Deerfield Drive; candle maker David G. Ewing, 64, of 5 Treehouse Circle, Apt. 3; and School Committee Chairwoman Nancy L. Sykes, 72, of 32 Mutter St.
Mayor Michael A. Tautznik is not seeking a ninth term. Instead, he is a Democratic candidate for the vacant 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District state Senate seat.
On Wednesday evening, Glazier placed “Glazier for Mayor” signs on both sides of his big white van, parked at the John F. Sullivan Housing for the Elderly in Easthampton where he has lived for the last three years. He said he knows what it takes to be a good mayor.
“I really feel that there’s got to be closer communication between people and their elected officials,” he said. “If I was to be elected mayor, I would want everyone to know my name and to know that whatever they have to say, I’m willing to listen, write it down and weigh the possibility. I don’t think that’s done anymore.”
If elected, his top priority would be working to keep the public safe and his second goal would be to ensure Easthampton youth get a good education, he said.
In seeking signatures around the city Tuesday and Wednesday, Glazier said residents told him they are concerned about things such as improving lighting around crosswalks and fixing up the city’s streets.
“There are two streets being repaired now but the state doesn’t provide enough money for the roads,” Glazier said. “I would look into it and see how we can squeeze money out of the budget for it.”
City money may be tight, he said, but he knows how to spend wisely. “What the city needs is to spend money on whatever will do the most good for the most people,” he said. “And I’ll listen to people about how to spend.”
Born in Boston, Glazier was self-employed for most of his life, working in home improvement including building additions and porches on homes. A widower, he moved to Easthampton three years ago.
Glazier said that after collecting enough signatures, he would focus his efforts on campaigning to convince voters that he would be the mayor who will listen.
“I just want to hear from people about what can make their life better in Easthampton,” he said.
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