Maureen Carney will not seek 8th term on Northampton City Council 

  • Northampton Ward 1 City Councilor Maureen Carney waits for election results during a party at One Bar and Grill in Northampton on Nov. 4, 2014. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

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Staff Writer
Published: 5/31/2019 3:52:54 PM

NORTHAMPTON — Maureen T. Carney has announced that she will not seek re-election after serving on the Northampton City Council since 2005.

Carney, 61, who is in her seventh term as the Ward 1 representative, made the announcement on Wednesday. When reached by telephone on Friday, she said that she will be traveling frequently to Boston for work and to take care of her aging mother, and thinks continuing on the City Council in addition to those obligations would be too much.

“It’s certainly with regret that I’m stepping down because I do love the job and have really enjoyed all these years on the council,” Carney said.

Carney was elected in 2005 at the same time as current City Councilor David Murphy and former councilor David Narkewicz, who is now the city’s mayor. 

When asked about her greatest accomplishments over the past 14 years, Carney cited the City Council’s passage of a 2017 resolution making Northampton a “fair employment city,” attempting to tackle the problem of wage theft and other issues of importance for workers and immigrants. 

As for her most difficult moments on the council, Carney pointed to the controversy surrounding the closing of the Glendale Road landfill as well as the ever-present challenge of balancing city revenues and services.

“There were certainly controversial issues on the council, and some that really divided the city regarding big changes in the city and how we moved forward,” she said. 

But Carney said that she has no regrets about her time on the council.

“I am still very committed to our community and the city of Northampton,” she said. “I just am excited to be able to let someone have the same experiences I’ve enjoyed and really commit themselves to an incredible experience.”

A rapid response coordinator with the AFL-CIO, Carney previously had a career as a master electrician and vocational teacher.

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