Select Board seat up for grabs in Becket election Saturday

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BECKET — Residents will vote Saturday on who will be the next member of the Select Board.

Michael Lavery is running against Frank Avalle Jr., for the seat being vacated by Selectman Jeanne Pryor.

Lavery told The Eagle he decided to run after watching the Select Board struggle over medical marijuana cultivation over the past year.

"I really wanted it to be a reality," Lavery said.

Lavery, who currently serves as an elected official for the Sherwood Greens Road District, said promoting issues he's passionate about was a major factor in his decision to run for the seat.

"I'm coming forward as citizen and resident," Lavery said.

His rival for the seat, Frank Avalle Jr., said he's a wait-and-see type.

"I want to learn more about town and how it runs," Avalle said.

Avalle told The Eagle he's served on the town Fire Department and on the Board of Engineers. His family has a history of holding elected positions in town, he said, but Avalle doesn't consider himself a politician.

The concrete contractor said he sees the position as an opportunity to serve his community.

"I'll listen to what people have to say," Avalle said. "That's why we're there, to make it better."

The Select Board seat is one of the town's two competitive races this year. The other contest, for a position on the Board of Health, pits incumbent Irving David Krawet against challenger William DeLoma.

Candidates for the other six positions on the ballot are unchallenged.

Dean Williams is seeking another year as cemetery commissioner. Incumbent Mark L. Karlberg is asking voters to send him back to the Finance Committee for another three years. And George E. Roberts, the town clerk, is requesting another three years at the position.

There are two positions open on the Planning Board. Alvin Blake is looking to fill a five-year term and James P. Levy is running for a four-year post.

Finally, Deputy Moderator Ethan Klepetar is the candidate to replace outgoing Moderator Bruce A. Garlow.

Polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Becket Town Hall, 557 Main St.

Reach staff writer Eoin Higgins at 413-496-6236 or @BE_EoinHiggins.

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