Three seeking board seats
Linda Messana, an incumbent and owner of the Lenox Fitness Center, and Claudia Trancynger, of Robertson Associates Real Estate, are running with the support of the Lenox Democratic Committee. While Lee Scott Laugenour, owner of a consulting company for the spa and resort industry, is running as a member of the Green Rainbow Party.
In addition to Messana's seat, the other seat will open as current Select Board Chairman Stephen Pavlosky, is not seeking another term. Both are three-year terms and the election will be held May 11.
Trancynger, a 17-year resident, has been involved with town government since she moved here. Now that her children are grown up, she said the added time allows her to become more involved in town politics.
"I'm very civic minded," she said. "I believe very strongly in being part (of town government). If there's something that you feel needs to be changed, or could be changed, or could be better, don't complain. Get involved."
Trancynger has served on the town's School Committee and the youth drug and alcohol commission. Her goals are to look at the structure and cooperation of the town's committees and boards, improve public transportation, grow the tourism industry and work on fiscal responsibility.
Laugenour, a 10-year resident, was recently appointed to represent the town on the board of the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority and has worked for the Green Rainbow Party on both the state and national levels.
He seeking to support green programs, like public transportation or the ECAC designation for the Housatonic River, as well as continued adjustments to zoning bylaws that would promote more local businesses and a more diverse community.
Laugenour, who has been married to his husband, Mark, for four years, said pride in the progressive changes in the state is one of the things that compelled him to run.
"It makes me certainly proud to be in the first state that allowed (gay marriage). I'm certainly not pushing any particular agenda other than diversity is good and I'm part of the community," he said.
Messana, who is serving in her first term, said she enjoys being able to listen, at her job and around town, to the needs of the community.
"I consider myself very approachable, so people come and tell me how they feel and I really listen," she said. "And I try to do the best for the town and the best for the people."
Messana said her proudest accomplishments have been securing the Liston Park in Lenoxdale and going against her fellow board members in opposing the sale of the town reservoir, a measure that was later voted down by residents at an annual town meeting.
Keeping taxes down, controlling the budget and making it easier for younger generations and town employees to remain residents are her continued goals as part of the board.
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