Jim Nash re-elected to Ward 3 council seat in Northampton


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Staff Writer 
Published: 11/7/2017 10:38:13 PM

NORTHAMPTON — Incumbent James B. Nash easily fended off a challenge by write-in candidate Robert E. Wronski for the Ward 3 City Council seat. Nash got 623 votes, while preliminary results showed scant support for Wronski.

Ward 3 was uncontested until last month, when Wronski decided to enter the race. A major reason, he said, was to advocate for those dealing with homelessness, mental health issues and addiction — people he works with as administrative assistant and peer coordinator for the Northampton Recovery Center.

Nash, meanwhile, ran for re-election to the seat he won last November in a special election. An education consultant, he has made traffic issues a priority during his tenure on the council. He also expressed pride in a number of resolutions the council has passed, such as one asking the Legislature to enact a law that would legalize medical aid in dying.

Both men ran a genial campaign, and have plans to discuss and begin collaborating on issues Wednesday morning. Both expressed opposition to additional municipally operated security cameras downtown.

Nash said that he was grateful to be serving Ward 3 again.

“I’m looking forward to it,” said Nash, on his upcoming coffee date with Wronski, also saying that Wronski had sent him a nice congratulatory email.

He also said that he would be tackling traffic calming, and congestion at the Bridge Street School, and solving the wayward truck problem in his ward.

“Jim Nash is a good man,” said Wronski, who expressed confidence that Nash would represent the ward well.

Wronski said that he’s glad he ran, and that he plans to run for elected office again soon.

“I’m just going to keep fighting the fight in the meantime,” he said.

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