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Elections 2013

Easthampton Mayor Michael Tautznik and his newly elected replacement, Karen Cadieux, who is currently the mayor's assistant, discuss Tautznik's farewell party Wednesday in the mayor's office. His party is scheduled for Dec. 12 at The Log Cabin in Holyoke.
JERREY ROBERTS

Cadieux reflects on Tuesday’s election, Easthampton’s future

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

EASTHAMPTON — Mayor-elect Karen L. Cadieux said that when she took a job as a clerk and assistant in the Easthampton Town Hall 19 years ago, she never expected the job would one day lead her to being the mayor of a city of 16,200. “I can’t explain what an exciting time this is and how much I’m looking forward …

Klein pulls council upset, other incumbents prevail

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — Voters sent the City Council’s two longest-serving councilors — Ward 6’s Marianne L. LaBarge and Ward 2’s Paul D. Spector — back to the Council Chambers Tuesday, but the dynamic of the council is poised to change considerably in the next two years after challenger Alisa F. Klein ousted incumbent Eugene …

Incumbents and newcomers elected Tuesday to Easthampton School Committee

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

EASTHAMPTON — Four incumbents and two newcomers won election Tuesday to six at-large seats on the city School Committee. The top vote getters among the incumbents were Lori J. Ingraham with 2,972 votes; Debora B. Lusnia, 2,866; Peter T. Gunn, 2,862; and Laura N. Scott, 2,849. Voters also elected newcomers Daniel R. Carey, with 2,961 votes, and Wendy G. Bloomenthal, with 2,405. First-time … 1

Editorial: Easthampton’s best choice for mayor is Karen Cadieux

Friday, November 1, 2013

Easthampton voters face a tough choice Nov. 5. Four people seek to become Easthampton’s second mayor. Of those, two are serious contenders: Karen L. Cadieux, assistant to Mayor Michael Tautznik for 17 years, and Nancy L. Sykes, chairwoman …

Four candidates offer stark choice for Easthampton mayor

Friday, November 1, 2013

EASTHAMPTON — On Jan. 2, 2014, City Clerk Barbara LaBombard will swear in Easthampton’s new mayor. It will be the first time in Easthampton’s 17 years as a city that the person taking that oath won’t be Mayor … 1

School funding, building issues top concerns in race for Easthampton School Committee seats

Friday, November 1, 2013

EASTHAMPTON — A seven-way race for six School Committee seats features incumbents and three first-time candidates. Candidates on the ballot Nov. 5 are incumbents Peter T. Gunn, Lori J. Ingraham, Deborah B. Lusnia and Laura N. Scott, and …

Sciarra will serve Ward 4 well

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

To the editor: We know Gina-Louise Sciarra well. She was the manager of the $2 million Raise The Roof Campaign for the First Churches from 2007 to 2011 and did a wonderful job helping to restore this historic meeting house, experiencing at the same time not only a …

Five-way race for Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School trustees focuses on school’s independent status

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — The call by Mayor David J. Narkewicz to reorganize Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School has sparked the first competitive race for seats on the school’s Board of Trustees in the past decade. Five candidates are …

Ben and Kathy Osborne: A vote for Foster will help Northampton for years to come

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

To the editor: We enthusiastically support Jason Foster for Northampton Ward 2 City Council in the upcoming election. Our city will continue to face financial challenges going forward, and we are very concerned by the current response of repeatedly using tax overrides and new assessments to solve these …

Emory Ford: Ward 7 not well served by Tacy

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

To the editor: On a recent night I attended the City Council candidate debate for Ward 7 in Leeds. Councilor Tacy confidently assured the attendees that the use of Roundup at the newly constructed athletic fields in Florence posed no threat or potential danger to people or the … 11

Lucy B. Longstreth: Jesse Adams is public servant No. 1

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

To the editor: It’s that time of year again when newspapers are replete with letters espousing the virtues of local candidates to fill tedious jobs that require attendance at long meetings about stop signs and sewage and budgets. But why do people who live in a time of …

Joe Garland: Trusts Spector as best prepared to represent Ward 2

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

To the editor: At the League of Women Voters debate recently, one candidate clearly presented himself as best prepared to represent Ward 2 on the Northampton City Council in the coming two years. That candidate was Paul Spector. Time and again, Paul has proven to have a firm …

Bill Scher: Make sure you vote for two candidates each in at-large races

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

To the editor: No matter who you plan to support for the two at-large City Council and two at-large School Committee seats in Northampton, you should make sure to fully exercise your democratic rights and cast two votes for two people in each of those races. High rates … 2

Wendy Berg: Paul Spector deserves continued support

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

To the editor: As a longtime resident of Ward 2 in Northampton, I have observed our City Council grapple with many challenging issues over the past 21 years. During the last 10 years, Paul Spector has effectively served as our ward’s City Council representative, and I wholeheartedly support …

Roger Taylor and Unmi Abkin: McCoy gets the job done on Easthampton City Council

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

To the editor: We are writing in support of Joe McCoy for Easthampton City Council. In 2012, our restaurant faced a series of unforeseen obstacles and had to temporarily close. Joe did an outstanding job facilitating communication between the various departments in City Hall to help us reopen. …