Busy local election season shaping up in Lenox


LENOX >> A busy local election season has opened as nomination papers are now available for available slots on the Selectboard, School Committee, the town moderator position and other boards.

Selectman Kenneth Fowler, owner of the Shear Design hair salon, has not disclosed whether he will run again as his current three-year term expires in May. He was first elected to the board in 2010. His is the only Selectboard seat on the ballot for the annual town election on May 9.

The town moderator post, a one-year term, also will be up for a vote. Olde Heritage Tavern owner John McNinch, a former Selectman, ran unopposed last May, succeeding Hugh Cowhig, who retired from the position he had held for many years.

Three School Committee spots will be decided by voters as terms of Robert Vaughan, the chairman, Veronica Fenton, the vice chairwoman, and Molly Ellliot, who was appointed last fall to the unexpired term of the late Jo Anne Magee, are set to expire.

The Planning Board has two slots up for grabs, as Mark Smith's five-year term expires, and one vacancy on the board remains unfilled.

Also on the ballot will be a three-year assessors' post currently held by Jim Sorrentino, a five-year Housing Authority position held by Diana Kirby, and a three-year Board of Health spot now filled by Dianne Romeo.

Nomination papers are available at Town Hall from Kerry Sullivan, the town clerk. They must be picked up by March 18 and submitted with the signatures of 21 registered Lenox voters by April 4.

Residents who are not registered to vote in the town election and the annual town meeting on May 5 have until April 15 to do so, Sullivan advised.

Coming up sooner is the Massachusetts presidential primary on Tuesday, March 1.

The statewide deadline for unregistered voters to enroll in order to participate is Feb. 10.

Contact Clarence Fanto at 413-637-2551.


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