Two candidates withdraw from Hadley election
HADLEY — David Moskin, the only incumbent Select Board member running for re-election, has withdrawn his name from the ballot.
Theodore Mieczkowski, one of two candidates for assessor, has also decided not to run.
Moskin, who faced four other candidates in a race for two three-year terms on the Select Board, was elected in an uncontested race in 2010. Chairwomen Gloria T. DiFulvio, whose term is also up, is not seeking re-election.
Moskin could not be reached for comment. He has been a critic of the other board members and Town Administrator David Nixon in the past.
In a phone call last week, Moskin said he has had difficulty on the board. “Anybody whose been paying attention would see that I’m flapping in the wind there on the Select Board,” he said.
He also served on the board from 2001 to 2004, but did not win re-election.
The remaining Select Board candidates are John Mieczkowski, a former Select Board member; Wilfred Danylieko, an electrical inspector for the town and vice chairman of the Hadley Housing Authority; Guilford Mooring, head of the Amherst Department of Public Works; and John C. Waskiewicz II, assistant chief operator of the town’s wastewater treatment plant.
Theodore Mieczkowski’s decision not to run for a seat on the three-person Board of Assessors leaves only one candidate for the position, Richard Grader, a retired police officer who has lived in Hadley for nearly 40 years.
Mieczkowski said Wednesday that he decided not to run for public office because he has complaints about town spending that he prefers to address as a private citizen.
“I think I’m going end up suing the town,” he said.