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Campaign Notebook: City Council debate, Cadieux fundraiser on Thursday

It is the first time in four years that there is a contested race for at-large city councilor and this is the only scheduled debate for city council candidates.

The event begins at 6 p.m. with one-minute statements from candidates for district councilor, who will not debate because all five are running unopposed: District 1 Councilor Daniel C. Hagan, 63, of 24 Highland Ave.; District 3 Councilor Joy E. Winnie, 54, of 157 Holyoke St.; District 4 Councilor Salem Derby, 39, of 15 West View Terrace; and District 5 Councilor Daniel D. Rist, 61, of 38 Plain St. Newcomer Jennifer A. Hayes, 43, of 116 Pleasant St., Apt. 414, is running unopposed for the District 2 seat to be vacated by Councilor Justin P. Cobb.

Candidates for at-large councilor will then give one-minute opening statements at 6:15 p.m.: incumbents Nathaniel P. Ziegler, 39, of 58 Maple St.; Chester A. Ogulewicz Jr., 58, of 18 Sandra Road; Donald L. Cykowski, 75, of 86 Pomeroy St.; and Joseph P. McCoy, 55, of 11 Clapp St.; challengers Donald C. Emerson, 66, of 459 East St.; James “J.P.” Kwiecinski, 60, of 47 Hannum Brook Drive; and Tamara L. Smith, 40, of 103 Strong St.

Democratic Committee Chairman Ray Drewnowski will ask questions and each candidate will make closing statements. Questions were submitted by local reporters, Easthampton High School students and the public. The event is co-sponsored by the city’s Democratic Committee and Easthampton Community Access Television.

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Cadieux holds fundraiser

Mayoral candidate Karen L. Cadieux will hold a fundraiser to support her campaign at the American Legion Club at 190 Pleasant St. Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Supporters are asked to pay a $25 suggested donation. There will be light snacks and a cash bar. Cadieux, 59, of 11 Deerfield Drive, is assistant to Mayor Michael A. Tautznik. She is running to replace him against David G. Ewing, 64, of 5 Treehouse Circle, a Yankee Candle employee; and Herbert M. Glazier, 85, of 108 Everett St., a retired contractor; and Nancy L. Sykes, 72, of 32 Mutter St., School Committee chairwoman.

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

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