2 vie for open seat on New Marlborough Select Board

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NEW MARLBOROUGH — Two New Marlborough residents are vying to replace two-term Select Board member Michele Shalaby in Monday's election.

Ivan Douglas Newman and Richard Long will face off in Monday's election. Shalaby chose not to run for reelection.

Polls will be open from noon to 7 p.m. Monday in Town Hall, 807 Mill River Southfield Road.

Newman and Long are both actively involved in a number of committees and boards in town, but neither has served on the Select Board.

Newman, who has lived in New Marlborough for 20 years, said he fell in love with the community shortly after he arrived and a stranger brought a tin of cookies to his home. If he's elected, he intends to "listen, listen, listen" to the concerns and ideas of the residents and use reason when decision making.

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"It's very simple why I'm running, for family, community and legacy," he said in a written statement. "For all the families of New Marlborough, in the interest of maintaining a wholesome safe place to raise our children and live our lives."

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As the chairman of the Broadband Committee, Long said he is proud of his work to bring high-speed internet to town.

As a Select Board member, he said he'd bring "particular effort" to the financial needs of the school district and upgrading transportation infrastructure.

Long has lived in the town full-time since 2015. Prior to that he was a weekend resident, residing part-time in a home he bought in 2008.

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"I pledge to act with integrity; bring objectivity and openness to all perspectives on difficult issues; seek out and listen closely to the views of those affected by Board decisions; and, as much as possible, make fact-based decisions leavened by consideration of personal impacts," Long said in a written statement. "If elected, it is my goal to contribute to effective, efficient, and transparent governance for our town, maintaining sharp focus on the key issues, and doing the necessary homework in preparation for discussion and upgrading of our necessary transportation infrastructure."

In the town's only other contested race, Scott Walker is challenging incumbent assessor Marsha Pshenishny, who has served since May 1986.

The ballot lists the following positions and candidates running unopposed ("i" denotes incumbent): moderator (one year), Barry Shapiro (i); Board of Health (three years), John Bellinger (i); tree warden (one year), Nathan Redman; cemetery commissioner (three years): Tammi Palmer (i); library trustee (three years), Carrie Ann Liba; Planning Board (two years), Eric Schaefer; Planning Board (five years), no candidate; Finance Committee (three years), John Pshenishny (i), Michele M. Shalaby, Barbara Marchione.

Haven Orecchio-Egresitz can be reached at horecchio@berkshireeagle.com, @HavenEagle on Twitter and 413-770-6977.


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