Rene Wood defeats incumbent, wins return to Sheffield Select Board

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SHEFFIELD — Rene Wood is returning to the Select Board after a three-year absence.

Wood, who did not seek re-election in 2015, served on the board from 2009 to 2015.

She defeated incumbent Andrew Petersen, 402 to 322, in Monday's annual town election. About 30 percent of the town's registered voters cast ballots.

On the campaign trail, Wood said she would seek to improve financial prudence, be an advocate securing grants and drawing opportunities to Sheffield, and increase government transparency.

"I will be working for all of the voters whether they voted for me or not," Wood said. "A selectman does what's right for a town, not what's right for you or [one group of people]. You do what you think is the best for the town."

In addition to serving two terms on the Select Board, Wood's past service includes stints on the Planning Board, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, Board of Health, and as the town's "Rest of River" representative.

Petersen, who was elected to the board in 2015, said he went into the election with the philosophy, "If I win, I win; if I lose, I win."

"I had a lot of fun," Petersen said of his time on the three-member Select Board. "Everybody, at some point, should be involved in local government — it's eye-opening and enjoyable, but it is a difficult job."

In separate interviews, Wood and Petersen said the two met up Tuesday morning and had a "good" and "positive" talk about what's next for the town.

Outside of the Select Board, the annual town election ballot featured no races. Here are the people who were elected: incumbent William Tighe, moderator; incumbent Dale Martin, Planning Board; and Martin Mitsoff, library trustee.

Kristin Palpini can be reached at kpalpini@berkshireeagle.com, @kristinpalpini on Twitter, 413 629-4621.

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