Saturday, April 04
HANCOCK — He's laid off and has the time, so why not run for public office?

Or three.

Or five.

Tim Goss, a 44-year-old Hancock Road resident, will appear on the May 11 ballot for all five positions for which there will be contested races: selectman, assessor, Board of Health, Planning Board and School Committee.

"Right now, I'm laid off and have plenty of time," he said.

Goss was elected to the Board of Assessors last year, but he said he didn't accept the position because of work commitments at the time.

This marks the first time in several years a Hancock election will have several contested races at once — five out of 14.

"This will be a very interesting election," said Town Clerk Linda C. Burdick.

"Contested races do get more people out, and I hope to see a good turnout," said Burdick, who has been town clerk since May 2005. In addition to the contested races, incumbents are seeking election to nine other town positions.

In addition to Goss, the races include:

  • incumbent John J. Anderson for a three-year term as selectman;

  • incumbents Patty Bishop and Mark A. Gaskill for one of two, three-year terms on the School Committee;

  • incumbents Jeff W. Jordan and Walter Feltmate for one of two, three-year terms on the Planning Board;

  • Nettie Hammond for a two-year term as assessor;

  • and Dick Hamilton for a two-year term on the Board of Health.

    Goss said the Selectmen and other town boards have done a decent job running the town. Besides getting involved in town affairs, he said he would like to bring a different point of view to the committees — most of whose members have been on them for multiple terms.

    "It seems like everybody doing this has done it for a long time, and I think a different point of view would be welcomed into the town," Goss said.

    People have questioned him about running for five town boards all at once, Goss acknowledged, but he said he doesn't think he will get elected to all of them. If he does, he said he believes he can serve on all five.

    "I'm very interested in what is going on in the town, and I want to get involved," Goss said.

    Goss is between jobs after getting laid off in December from Vermont Composites Inc. of Bennington, Vt., which designs and manufactures products for the aerospace, medical and industrial industries.

    Goss, a North Adams native, and his wife, Margaret, have lived in Hancock for 10 years and have two boys, ages 5 and 7, and a 2-year-old girl. Goss also has an 18-year-old stepson.