Same candidates contest in two races in Savoy

SAVOY — A contest for a three-year seat on the Select Board in Savoy may stem in part from a misunderstanding.

Incumbent Allen M. Carlow said he initially let it be known that he planned to step down after his current two-year term on the Select Board.

Word of a vacancy led Keith Kupiec to put his name forward.

But along the way, Carlow said he was asked by John Tynan, the board chairman, to consider staying for another term — and he agreed to remain a candidate.

That means Savoy voters will have a choice for the town's top board when they go to the polls Wednesday.

Voting will take place from noon to 8 p.m. in the senior center, located at the rear of town hall on Route 116.

In Savoy, Select Board members also serve as the Finance Committee and Zoning Board of Appeals.

Several attempts to reach Kupiec for comment on his candidacy were not successful.

Kupiec lives on Barnard Road and works for the TOG Manufacturing Co. Inc. in North Adams. He and his wife, Michelle, run the Savoy Hollow General Store.

Carlow said he would accept any decision voters reach Wednesday.

"Whatever happens, happens," he said.

Carlow and Kupiec, as well as resident Nathan Chittenden, are also candidates for a single three-year seat on the park commission.

Current members of the Select Board include Tynan and Russell B. Clarke.

According to Town Clerk Brenda Smith, several officials are running unopposed.

They include Alana Boyd for a three-year seat on the School Committee; incumbent Beverly A. Maynard for a three-year seat on the assessors; and Clarke, the incumbent constable, for another three-year term in that role.

Reach staff writer Larry Parnass at 413-496-6214 or @larryparnass.


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