Lenox town elections have no contested races


LENOX -- Town officials are hoping for a robust turnout but anticipate a relatively quiet day at the polls Monday since the annual town election ballot lacks any contests.

Selectman William David Roche, Jr., the current board chairman, is running unopposed for his second term.

Filling the Select Board position vacated by John McNinch, who chose not to seek a third three-year term, will be Warren Archey, the only listed candidate for that seat.

Archey, 72, of Reynolds Street, was chief of the state's Bureau of Forestry from 1990 to 2001. He is a board member of the Lenox Land Trust and is tree warden for the town.

He has a PhD. in forestry from UMass-Amherst and commented that he has made good use of his education in every job he has held. Archey retired after 20 years as a commander in the Naval Reserves.

Previously, he served on the town's Zoning Board of Appeals, Planning Board and Conservation Commission. For many years, he was an extension forester for the University of Massachusetts, working with towns on watershed management and forestry issues.

"I've been thinking about running for the Select Board," Archey said, "and I was encouraged by a few different people to go ahead with it." He's looking forward to specializing in environmental issues. "I think I can get along very easily with the four other members of the board," he added.

As for his lack of opposition, he said that "it's better to have contests for these things, but it was certainly easy on me."

Two write-in candidates have announced their interest in a pair of Planning Board vacancies caused by the recent death of veteran board member Stephen Sample and by the resignation of Gary Schiff.

Linda Messana, former Select Board member and previously a longtime Planning Board member, has mounted a Facebook "campaign for a five-year vacancy. Thomas Delasco, a mechanical engineer with EDM Services in Pittsfield and a board member at the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum, is seeking a four-year Planning Board term.

Only one write-in vote per position is required to be elected, said town Treasurer and Assistant Town Clerk Marie C. Duby. Anyone who is elected by write-in but wishes to decline is encouraged to submit an informal written notice, she added.

Also on the ballot is a one-year term for the Planning Board seat held by incumbent Kameron Spaulding, who was appointed last August to fill out Kimberly Flynn's term after she resigned.

The following candidates are unopposed:

Town Moderator Hugh Cowhig, Board of Health member Mary Jane Pignatelli, Assessor Wayne Lemanski, School Committee members Donald Fitzgerald and Michael Moran, and Lenox Housing Authority member Jan Ward.

Polls at Town Hall are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Currently, there are 3,742 registered voters.

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