Three candidates vie for two Belchertown Select Board seats

  • Belchertown’s Town Election will be held in the Belchertown High School gymnasium on Monday, May 20, 2019.  GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 5/17/2019 4:39:03 PM
Modified: 5/17/2019 4:38:49 PM

BELCHERTOWN — Two incumbents and one challenger are vying to fill two Select Board seats in Belchertown’s Town Election on Monday. 

The ballot options include incumbents Ed Boscher and George “Archie” Archible, and challenger Jen Turner who serves on the Belchertown Cultural Council.

Current Select Board member Ed Boscher assumed his position a year ago after former member William Barnett resigned. 

Boscher previously served on the town’s Finance Committee for four years, which included a stint as chairman. 

“That really laid the groundwork for helping me understand the current financial situation in Belchertown … some of the challenges and opportunities Belchertown has from a finance perspective,” Boscher said of the experience.

Boscher said that the Select Board has made “great advancements” on issues such as funding other post-employment benefits (OPEB) and free cash policies over the past year, but added that there is “still plenty more to do in the best practices area.”

Boscher works as a certified professional planner with Summit House Wealth Partners in South Hadley.

Jen Turner is currently chairwoman of the Belchertown Cultural Council, where she previously served as treasurer. 

Turner said that she hopes to be a “visionary leader” who helps to inspire volunteerism and other involvement in town, in addition to attracting businesses and increasing cultural programming. 

Her business goals include “trying to increase the marketability of the town by showing to outside investors that there are actual opportunities to invest in our town,” Turner said, “and our community is really hungry for more diversity and businesses to come to town.”

Turner also said that her experience on the Cultural Council has allowed her to work with many different departments in town, which she hopes to use toward encouraging departments “to think more cohesively about what we’re all offering the town.”

Turner works as a managing consultant, primarily with small businesses.

George “Archie” Archible is currently vice chairman of the Select Board. Archible could not be reached for an interview in recent days. 

Residents will also cast votes for School Committee, Planning Board, Assessor, Board of Health and Housing Authority candidates. Aside from Select Board, no other races are contested. 

Polls will be open from 8 a.m. through 8 p.m. at the Belchertown High School gymnasium. 

Jacquelyn Voghel can be reached at jvoghel@gazettenet.com. 

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