Pittsfield City Council contests already taking shape


PITTSFIELD -- The City Council races for the November election continue to evolve with new candidates taking out nomination papers from the city clerk's office.

Tammy M. Ives of Sadler Avenue has taken papers for the Ward 1 seat, joining Lisa Tully of Oak Hill Road. Incumbent Christine Yon hasn't indicated if she will seek another term representing the ward.

Also this week, Councilor at large Churchill Cotton took out papers for another term. In the at-large race for four seats, he is joined by incumbent Barry Clairmont and newcomers Edward J. Carmel of Second Street and Mark Miller of Williams Street.

Councilor at large Kevin Sherman, the council president, has said he won't run for re-election so he can focus more on his family and career.

No challengers have yet surfaced for Pittsfield's corner office, but Mayor Daniel L. Bianchi has said he'll run for a second term.

Others who have taken out election papers include City Clerk Linda Tyer; Ward 2 Councilor Kevin Morandi; Ward 3 Councilor Paul Capitanio; Ward 4 Councilor Christopher Connell; Ward 5 Councilor Jonathan Lothrop; former Ward 7 Councilor Joseph Nichols, running in Ward 6; School Committee Chairman Alfred E. "Alf" Barbalunga; and School Committee member Daniel Elias.

Ward 6 Councilor John Krol said Tuesday he intends to run for another term.

The other council incumbents who have yet to take out papers are Ward 7 Councilor Anthony Simonelli and Councilor at large Melissa Mazzeo.

Other incumbent School Committee members are Kathleen Amuso, James Conant, Katherine Yon, and Terry Kinnas.

The last day to turn in papers to the Registrar of Voters for signature certification is Tuesday, Aug. 6. And the last day to turn in certified papers to the city clerk for placement on the ballot is Tuesday, Aug. 20.

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