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Former at large councilor and council President Kevin Sherman is throwing his hat in the ring to represent Ward 3 on the City Council.

PITTSFIELD — Kevin Sherman, a familiar face around City Council chambers, has announced he’ll be running to replace the outgoing councilor in Ward 3.

“After much consideration and conversations with my family, I’m excited to announce that I will be running for Pittsfield Ward 3 City Councilor in 2021,” Sherman wrote Wednesday in a Facebook post accompanying a photo of John F. Kennedy and daughter Caroline.

“Now is the time for us all to ante up,” he wrote in later in his announcement, "to do our part and share our individual skills for the collective good of our community.”

In 2013, Sherman, then council president, decided not to seek reelection after six years as a councilor-at-large, saying then that he wanted to "take a break" and have more time for his career at Berkshire Life Insurance Co. and family.

Sherman told The Eagle that when he heard the unexpected news that Ward 3 Councilor Nicholas Caccamo was not planning to run for another term, he talked about potentially running for the seat with his wife and children, now 14 and 17, who had his back completely. He cites his experience on the council as an asset as the city looks toward rebuilding after the pandemic, and said he wants to help Pittsfield any way he can. 

Sherman said challenges and opportunities “the likes we’ve never seen” lie ahead, and he wants to be there representing Ward 3 and tackling city-wide issues.

“We need city leaders that will work together in guiding us out of the havoc working with residents and businesses to rebuild on a wide variety of issues,” he wrote. “I believe my experience in both public and private life will help in building consensus and provide ongoing progress while we move forward.”

In addition to Caccamo, least two other councilors, Kevin Morandi and Chris Connell, have also said they do not plan to run for reelection, opening up the field in both Ward 2 and Ward 4.

From economic opportunity to strong schools, efficient government and equality, Sherman said the community shares common goals, and needs all hands on deck moving forward.

Amanda Burke can be reached at aburke@berkshireeagle.com, on Twitter @amandaburkec and 413-496-6296.

Cops and Courts Reporter

Amanda Burke is Cops and Courts Reporter for The Berkshire Eagle. An Ithaca, New York native, she previously worked at The Herald News of Fall River and the Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise.