Ex-Morse aide launches mayoral bid in Holyoke


Staff Writer
Published: 4/20/2021 8:48:49 PM

HOLYOKE — The field of candidates for city mayor is growing, with a fourth candidate launching his campaign this week.

William “Billy” Glidden, previously an aide to former mayor Alex Morse, announced his bid for City Hall’s corner office on Monday. He joins School Committee member Devin Sheehan and at-large city councilors Michael Sullivan and Rebecca Lisi as the candidates who have thus far entered the race.

In a speech at his campaign kickoff event, Glidden said he is running for mayor to foster “good-faith deliberations and cooperation instead of endless conflict,” according to a news release from the event.

“I believe we can shape a city government that is outward-facing and forward-looking, and that allows citizens and businesses alike to easily find the support they need,” he said. “I believe our city can be a prosperous and equitable one, where economic growth lifts us all and strengthens communities. And I believe we can think beyond quick fixes and short-term gain, and instead envision a just and sustainable future for ourselves and for those who’ll come after us.”

A lifelong Holyoker who grew up on Allyn Street, Glidden is a Williams College graduate and writer who recently worked for the housing and mental health nonprofit Community Access in New York City.

Glidden could not be reached for comment by press time Tuesday evening.

Glidden formed an exploratory committee this winter, and since early February has raised $20,838 in campaign contributions, according to data from the state’s Office of Campaign and Political Finance.

Those fundraising figures compare favorably to the other candidates who have announced their campaigns.

Sullivan has raised $20,193, though he also transferred another $20,000 from his previous campaign account into his current one. Lisi has raised $17,598, which includes $7,916 from her previous campaign account. And Sheehan has raised $11,889, including $8,044 from a previous account.

Others who have pulled papers for the mayoral race include residents Christopher Kosinksi and Gloria Caballero Roca, according to the city clerk’s homepage.

The city will hold a preliminary election on Sept. 21 and a general election on Nov. 2.

Dusty Christensen can be reached at dchristensen@gazettenet.com.
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