Voss, Fallon stepping off Northampton School Committee

Staff Writer
Published: 5/13/2021 9:02:21 PM

NORTHAMPTON — Two members of the School Committee, at-large member Susan Voss and Ward 2 member Laura Fallon, announced Thursday night that they are stepping down. 

“I will not be seeking reelection to the School Committee later this year,” Voss, who is in her second term, said at Thursday night’s School Committee meeting. “I want to encourage community members to consider running and would be happy to talk with anyone who wants to talk.” She added, “I promise to continue to work hard as your School Committee member for the remaining 232 days of my term.”

Fallon, who has been on the committee since 2014, also said she’s not running this fall. “I will actually be enrolling in law school in August," she said, adding she would also speak with anyone in Ward 2 interested in the seat.

At the same meeting, two other members said they will be running.

Ward 5 member Dina Levi, first elected in 2019, said she would be seeking the seat again. “I am also saddened by the announcements we just heard,” she said, referencing Voss and Fallon’s news. 

Emily Serafy-Cox, Ward 3 member also in her first term, said she was planning to run.

“I spoke with the city clerk this week and heard that I was the only person who had taken out papers for School Committee. I wanted to basically announce to the community that this was an opportunity for folks to run,” Serafy-Cox said.

The city clerk’s records show as of May 10 she was the only one to take out papers.

Serafy-Cox added she was glad to hear Levi is running, and she encouraged people to talk with their neighbors “and find good folks to serve on our School Committee for the next round."

City elections are scheduled for Nov. 2.

Greta Jochem can be reached at gjochem@gazettenet.com.

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