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Potential Williamstown Candidates Pull Papers for May Election
Staff Reports,
08:47AM / Friday, March 04, 2022
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — With a little less than three weeks remaining to return nomination papers, residents have pulled papers for seven of the nine offices that will be on the May annual town election ballot.
 
No one had yet returned completed nomination papers to Town Hall, Town Clerk Nicole Beverly said on Thursday morning.
 
The papers became available on Feb. 14. Prospective candidates must collect the required nominating signatures and return the papers to town hall by Tuesday, March 22, so the papers can be certified and their names included on the May 10 election ballot.
 
As of Thursday, incumbents Jane Patton and Chris Winters each have pulled papers to run for their seats on the Select Board and Planning Board, respectively.
 
There are two three-year seats on the five-person Select Board to be decided by voters in May, the seat currently held by Patton and the seat held by Wade Hasty, who was elected in 2021 to fill one year remaining on the term of a member who resigned from the board.
 
Winters is the only current member of the five-person Planning Board whose term is expiring this year.
 
Elisabeth Goodman, an attorney and longtime member of the town's Finance Committee, has taken out papers to run for the position of town moderator.
 
Incumbent Moderator Adam Filson told the Select Board and Finance Committee last year that he did not intend to seek another term in the post.
 
"[As of May 2022], I will have served in the position for nine years, along with six years on the former Williamstown School Committee, and it has been my honor to do so," Filson wrote at that time. "But, I believe it's now time for others to take up the mantle of guiding the legislative body that is town meeting. Public service can be a worthy endeavor; I strongly encourage all who may be interested in serving as moderator to file nomination papers with the Town Clerk when the 2022 town election season begins."
 
Incumbent David Westall has taken out papers to retain his seat on the Northern Berkshire Vocational Regional [McCann Tech] School District Committee.
 
And three members of the Milne Library Board of Trustees have pulled papers to run for another three-year term. Incumbents Bridget Spann, Micah Manary and Timothy Cherubini have taken out nomination papers; a fourth seat on the seven-member library board will be on the ballot.
 
Nomination papers for all nine positions are still available by contacting Beverly at nbeverly@williamstownma.gov or 413-458-3500, Ext. 101.
 
Updated on March 7 with comments from Town Moderator Adam Filson.
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