LANESBOROUGH -- Two candidates will face off at a special town election next month for a vacant seat on the Board of Selectmen.
Henry G. Sayers Jr., of Kessler Road, and Barbara Davis-Hassan, of North Main Street, submitted papers ahead of Monday's deadline to get on the Oct. 15 ballot.
The winner of the special election will serve out the remainder of the term of former Selectman Robert Barton, who resigned on June 30. The term ends in June 2014.
Barton opted to serve with Lanesborough School Committee after winning a seat during this year's annual town election.
The winning candidate will join Chairman John Goerlach and Robert Ericson on the board.
Sayers, 57, owns and operates Sayers Auto Wrecking in town, is a native of Lanesborough and formerly served as a town fireman and emergency medical technician.
In an interview with The Eagle, he said his experience running a business in town -- he took over the auto company with his brother in 1979 and has continued to operating it alone since 1990 -- provides him a unique and valuable perspective.
"I'd like to see what I can do about making Lanesborough a better place to do business," he said Wednesday. "We've got to do something for growth, both commercial and residential."
Davis-Hassan, 58, owner of Barb Hassan Realty and also a real estate broker, is a native of North Adams and has lived in Lanesborough since the 1970s.
She presently chairs the Public Works Study Committee and has worked with many town boards and committees in the past, crediting herself with helping to devise cost-saving measures for the town.
In an email to The Eagle, Davis-Hassan said she's "aware of the many issues facing the town" and wants "to be part of the solution."
"I have attended and participated in hundreds of Selectmen's meetings, special town meetings and annual meetings over the past 30-plus years and would feel quite comfortable transitioning into a leadership role," Davis-Hassan said.
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