2 won’t seek re-election to Amherst School Committee

  • Amherst School Committee members Vira Douangmany Cage, left, and Phoebe Hazzard, won’t run for re-election. Gazette file photo

Monday, December 04, 2017

AMHERST — Two incumbent School Committee members have said they will not run for re-election in March.

Vira Douangmany Cage and Phoebe Hazzard said they decided not to run for a second three-year term in 2018, both citing the large time commitment that being a committee member entails.

“I can’t make the commitment for another three years, it’s too much,” said Hazzard, the committee’s current chairwoman. “It has been a great experience, it’s just a ton of time. It’s a ton of volunteer time.”

“It’s exhausting and I need a breather,” Douangmany Cage said. “Those evenings sure add up.”

Both members expressed appreciation for their time on the committee, and to those who supported them. “I think it was a challenging but rewarding journey,” Douangmany Cage said. “It has been an immense pleasure to serve.”

“I would like to thank everybody who has been so supportive, and all the interesting and intelligent people who I have met and had the opportunity to work with,” Hazzard said. “It has been an amazing experience.”

So far only two people have taken out nomination papers to run for the two open School Committee seats: Allison Bleyler McDonald of 43 Hop Brook Drive and Kerry A. Spitzer of 56 Berkshire Terrace.

At least 50 registered voters have to sign nomination papers by Feb. 6 for someone to be considered a candidate in the town election, which will take place on March 27.

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