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Candidates Set for Mount Greylock School Committee
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:06PM / Sunday, August 23, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee will have at least three new faces on the seven-person panel after the Nov. 3 general election.
 
This week, the district released the names of the candidates who have been certified for the ballot.
 
One of the committee's three seats assigned to Lanesborough residents is up for election.
 
Incumbent Al Terranova chose not to run for re-election. Michelle Johnson, a runner-up two years ago, is the lone candidate for the four-year position.
 
In 2018, just after the full regionalization of the district (and the elimination of the Lanesborough Elementary and Williamstown Elementary School Committees), Mount Greylock's seven seats were split into either two-year or four-year terms in order to create staggered terms in subsequent biennial elections.
 
In addition to Terranova, Williamstown's Alison Carter and Joe Bergeron were elected to two-year terms in 2018.
 
Carter has chosen to not run for re-election. Bergeron resigned from the committee last year, and his appointed replacement, Jamie Art, is not running for the seat in his own right.
 
Meanwhile, Dan Caplinger, who was elected in '18 to a four-year term, also stepped down from the committee mid-term. His appointed replacement, Carolyn Greene, is running to serve out the remaining two years on the term.
 
All three of the Williamstown resident seats are contested.
 
Greene is being challenged by Elisabeth Beck.
 
There are three candidates on the ballot for the two four-year seats up for grabs (formerly Bergeron's and Carter's Caplinger's). Newcomers Julia Bowen, Jose Constantine and Jude Higdon-Topaz have secured places on the ballot.
 
The top two vote-getters from that group each will win a seat.
 
Voters from Lanesborough and Williamstown vote in all the races on the ballot.
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