In reference to George Shippey's letter of Jan. 25 ("Revisionist history of Stockbridge events") responding to Cris Irsfeld's column of Jan. 22, ("Stockbridge civility is ruined by bullies,") Irsfeld did run for reelection as a Selectman, as he had served previously. The Eagle in an article of May 20, 2008 stated that "Irsfeld had sought to return to the board after a yearlong absence."

With a three-member Board of Selectmen, only one member is up for election each year. Irsfeld was the choice of the Republican Town Committee in 2008. Shippey received the nomination of the Democratic Town Committee in that year.