Westhampton election features two retirees vying for Select Board set

  • Westhampton Town Hall

Published: 6/1/2022 6:05:28 PM

WESTHAMPTON — Two retirees will square off for an open seat on the Select Board, the only contested race on the ballot during Saturday’s election.

After Teri Anderson chose not to run again for the three-year term on the Select Board, Susan Bronstein and Scott Johndrow have tossed their individual hats into the ring.

Bronstein, a retired educational administrator from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, currently serves as the chairperson of the Planning Board.

With more and more people walking around Westhampton during the COVID-19 pandemic, Bronstein said it became all the more apparent that the community was missing crosswalks and sidewalks. If elected, she’d like to be part of an effort to make the town safer.

“I attend a lot of the Select Board meetings and think I could make a contribution as the skills I have to offer are a pretty good match. I do think that the administrative skills that I’ve developed over my 25-year career prepared me for this,” she said.

Johndrow, who is a retired court officer, serves on the Hampshire Regional School Committee and is up for reelection for a three-year term on the Westhampton Elementary School Committee.

At the urging of other residents in town, Johndrow said he decided to run for the Select Board seat.

“I think that I am a good listener — I can consider both sides in a debate. … I got a good lesson being on the two school committees during COVID with some being nervous about being back in school while others wanted to be back there,” he said. “I love the community that we live in and do my best to serve the people if I’m elected.”

The polls are open at Town Hall from 8 a.m. to noon.

The ballot featues a bevy of uncontested races, including: Winifred “Winnie” Gorman for Board of Assessors; Thomas A. Jenkins for tree warden; Johndrow and Morley Cleary for Westhampton Elementary School Committee; Benjamin A. Warren for moderator; and Leroy Douchkoff for constable of the North District.

Incumbent Wade Clement and newcomer Jennifer Milikowsky are running for the two, three-year term seats on the Planning Board.

Newcomer John Zimmerman is running uncontested for the one-year term on the Planning Board.

There are two library trustee seats available. No one was nominated for either three-year term at the town’s caucus, according to Town Clerk Katrin Kaminsky.

The Finance Committee has a total of five openings for the 10-member committee. Incumbent Steve Holt and newcomer Scott Stanton are both on the ballot for three-year terms on the committee, leaving one, three-year term and two, two-year terms open.

Absentee ballots are available upon request made to the Kaminsky but must be received by the close of the polls Saturday.

Emily Thurlow can be reached at ethurlow@gazettenet.com.

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