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Williamstown's Town Election Ballot Still Has Holes
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Monday, March 12, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — With just over a week left before the deadline to return papers for May's town election, there is just one contested race on the ballot, and there are two positions for which no one has pulled papers.
 
Town Clerk Mary Kennedy reported Thursday that the town's three-year seat on the Northern Berkshire Vocational Regional School Committee and one of the two Elementary School Committee seats up for grabs have attracted no interest to date.
 
There are two seats on the ballot for the Williamstown Elementary School Committee, though they will be largely pro forma elections. On July 1, the elementary school committee will cease to exist as the Mount Greylock Transition Committee formally takes overall operations for the three schools in the recently expanded district.
 
Incumbent Catherine Keating has taken out papers for her seat on the School Committee. The other seat up for election currently is occupied by Joe Johnson.
 
The McCann Tech post, a three-year seat, is currently held by Thomas Mahar. No one has taken out papers to fill the post.
 
Incumbent Select Board member Anne O'Connor has taken out papers and returned them to retain her three-year seat on the board, as has incumbent library trustee Charles Bonenti.
 
The Planning Board is the only panel to see a potential race so far. There are two seats on the ballot: a five-year seat currently held by Chris Kapiloff and the two years remaining on the seat held by Ann McCallum, who is stepping down from the board.
 
Both Stephanie Boyd and Michael Goodwin have taken out and returned papers to fill the seat held by Kapiloff.
 
Alexander Carlisle has taken out papers for McCallum's seat.
 
The deadline to return election papers with signatures is Tuesday, March 20.
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