What you need to know to cast your ballot on Election Day
PITTSFIELD — With the business of electing a president already taken care of last year, officials aren't forecasting a strong turnout at the polls today.
Secretary of State William Galvin said Monday he expects turnout in the commonwealth to "vary widely" according to the intensity of local races.
Today, voters in Pittsfield and North Adams get the chance to weigh in on leaders new and old. Residents in both cities will choose their city councilors and school committee members, while those in North Adams will elect their 1st Berkshire District representative and a new mayor.
Pittsfield voters will also be asked to elect a new city clerk.
1st Berkshire District
Voters in the nine towns of the 1st Berkshire District will choose a representative to send to the Statehouse in Boston. Those towns are Adams, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Florida, Hancock, Lanesborough, New Ashford, North Adams and Williamstown.
Candidates for 1st Berkshire District are former North Adams Mayor John Barrett III, the Democratic candidate on the ticket, and Republican opponent Christine Canning, who operates education consulting firm New England Global Network.The winner will serve what remains of the term of Gailanne Cariddi, who died of cancer in June.
North Adams City Council President Benjamin Lamb and fellow councilors Keith Bona, Eric Buddington, Wayne Wilkinson and Joshua Moran are seeking to win another term, while the newcomers are Paul Hopkins, Rebbecca Cohen, H. Merle Knight, Clarise Vanderburgh, Marie T. Harpin, Ashley Shade, Keifer Gammell, Jason LaForest, Scott Orr, Bryan Sapienza, and Roger Eurbin.
Six candidates are running for four at-large seats on the Pittsfield's City Council: Peter M. Marchetti, of Valentine Road, who is currently serving as the council president; Earl G. Persip III, of Concord Parkway; Craig C. Gaetani, of West Street; Edward James Carmel, of Columbus Avenue; incumbent Peter T. White, of Jason Street; and incumbent Melissa Mazzeo, of Gravesleigh Terrace.
Ward 1 candidate Helen Moon is the only active hopeful in her ward race. Michael Cirullo Jr., will appear on the ballot but is no longer actively seeking the Ward 1 seat.
In the race for the Ward 2 seat, incumbent Kevin Morandi is squaring off against challenger Dina Guiel. Challenger James F. Gleason is running against incumbent Nicholas J. Caccamo for the Ward 3 seat.
In the race for Ward 4, William E. Wright is challenging incumbent Christopher J. Connell.
Downtown business owner and incumbent Councilor Donna Todd Rivers is running unopposed for the Ward 5 seat. William Keane, formerly seeking the same seat, will appear on the ballot but dropped out of the race.
Incumbent Council Vice President John M. Krol Jr. is running unopposed for the Ward 6 seat.
In the race for Ward 7, Rhonda L. Serre is challenging incumbent Councilor Anthony J. Simonelli.
Michele M. Cetti, of Barker Road, is running unopposed for the position of city clerk.
Six candidates are running for six seats on the city's School Committee: Dennis L. Powell, of Meadowview Drive; Cynthia A. Taylor, of Wendell Avenue; William Joseph Cameron, of West Street; Daniel C. Elias, of Mohegan Street; Katherine L.Yon, of Vista Street; and Joshua M. Cutler, of Northumberland Road.
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