Sapienza jumps into North Adams City Council race

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NORTH ADAMS — Political newcomer Bryan Sapienza has launched a bid for the city council.

The city native has filed his nomination papers with the city clerk and will appear on the Nov. 7 ballot.

"I just felt it was a good time to enter into the race," Sapienza said. "I'm a homeowner and concerned what happens in the area. I also work for a locally-owned business."

Sapienza is the parts manager for K-M Toyota in North Adams, and has previously been employed at Specialty Minerals in Adams and has served as a substitute teacher in the North Adams and Adams-Cheshire school districts.

The council race is Sapienza's first foray into local politics.

"I'm looking basically at just trying to keep the town a viable place to live, a good place to live. We have a good quality of life here and I want to keep it that way," Sapienza said.

The candidate stressed the importance of balancing the needs "of new people versus people who have lived and worked here their whole lives," a concern he said he's heard from residents in the beginning stages of his campaign.

"I want to see the council be responsive to both," Sapienza said. "I'm all about balance. You can't have too much of one thing or the other because then the scales start tipping."

The city can grow, Sapienza said, but must maintain its character.

In his campaign announcement released this week, Sapienza stressed the importance of maintaining the city's schools and retaining the city's young people after they've graduated from college.

Sapienza has a bachelor's degree in business administration from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and an associate degree in engineering from Berkshire Community College.

Sapienza has also launched a campaign Facebook page titled "Bryan Sapienza for North Adams City Council."

All nine at-large city council seats are up for grabs in the November election.

As of Friday, 13 candidates had returned nomination papers in the race for the at-large seats on the council. Incumbents running are Eric Buddington, Joshua Moran, Benjamin Lamb, Keith Bona, and Wayne Wilkinson. Challengers thus far are Rebbecca Cohen, H. Merle Knight, Bryan Sapienza, Roger Eurbin, Paul Hopkins, Ashley Shade, Marie Harpin, and Jason LaForest.

Nomination papers must be turned in with 50 signatures no later than Monday, Aug. 7.

Reach staff writer Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376 or @EagleAdamShanks on Twitter


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