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Maiore, Geis advance in Northampton’s Ward 7 voting



  • Northampton city hall File photo

Staff Writer
Published: 9/17/2019 10:10:27 PM

NORTHAMPTON — Rachel Maiore and Pennington “Penny” Geis placed first and second in Tuesday night’s preliminary election for Ward 7 city councilor, ensuring their spots on the general election ballot.

The two received more votes than Hanuman Goleman, the other candidate in the race. Maiore finished with 310 votes, Geis with 165 and Goleman with 89, according to unofficial results from the city clerk’s office.

Just over 17 percent of registered voters in Ward 7 turned out for the election.

Maiore and Geis will now face off in the general election on Nov. 5 to decide who will fill the seat vacated by Councilor Alisa Klein, who decided not to run for re-election.

Reached by telephone late Tuesday, Maiore said she has enjoyed meeting and talking with voters over the last several months.

“I have a lot of respect for the other candidates. It’s great to see people engaged and getting out there,” she said. “It’s great to have three candidates running.”

An attempt to contact Geis via email late Tuesday was unsuccessful.

Maiore, 50, is the director of the Pioneer Valley Women’s March and former regional organizer for Jobs with Justice. Currently, she does part-time data analysis for a mental health group and serves as a trainer for

Geis, 77, previously served as the Hampshire County Government administrator, overseeing the county government transitioning into HCG and helping the organization get into the electricity business. She retired from the role in 2008.

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