Pittsfield faces a critically important mayoral election Tuesday, and if it needed a reminder of how critical it received one in recent days.
The Dan Bianchi campaign has delivered postcards to voters making misleading and context-free claims about how much challenger Linda Tyer's campaign proposals would cost voters. The numbers don't factor in Ms. Tyer's plans to use existing resources, pursue grant money or extend the programs through several years. A mayor more confident in his own record wouldn't have to resort to Karl Rove-style scare tactics to smear his opponent. We believe Pittsfield voters are perceptive enough to see through such a strategy.
The Eagle has endorsed Ms. Tyer for mayor because she is an experienced, dedicated public servant who will initiate progressive programs that will benefit the city economically, not harm it. As importantly, she will adopt an inclusive approach to government that will involve the entire city and will not demonize those who disagree with her. Petty politics have crippled Pittsfield for four years and must not for another four years.
Recapping Pittsfield City Council endorsements, The Eagle endorses Peter Marchetti, Kathleen Amuso, Churchill Cotton and Peter White for the four at large positions. In the contested ward races, The Eagle endorses Lisa Tully in Ward 1, Kevin Morandi in Ward 2, Donna Todd Rivers in Ward 5 and Anthony Simonelli in Ward 7. (The latter endorsement may not have been clear in Saturday's Eagle.)
In a critical mayoral North Adams race, The Eagle endorses incumbent Richard Alcombright, for his collaborative approach, over former mayor John Barrett III.