4 fresh faces will join 5 incumbents on North Adams City Council


NORTH ADAMS — Four fresh faces will join the five incumbents on the North Adams City Council.

President Benjamin Lamb and fellow councilors Keith Bona, Eric Buddington, Wayne Wilkinson and Joshua Moran all won another term, with Lamb finishing with the most votes, 2,407, of all 16 candidates.

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Lamb said he was humbled by the results, and that it was enough to give him "goosebumps."

"I didn't expect that, and I actually don't even know what the numbers are, but people keep whispering it in my ear," Lamb said.

The newcomers were led by Marie Harpin, the daughter of the former city councilor with the same name, who earned 1,971 votes. She was followed by Paul Hopkins, Jason LaForest and Rebbecca Cohen, who all earned a first term on the council.

Each of the nine North Adams City Council seats is elected, at large, every two years. The winners will be sworn in Jan. 1.

This year's contest saw 16 candidates running for the council, including five incumbents.

After being elected to a first term in 2013, Wilkinson narrowly lost his bid for re-election in 2015. But he was appointed this year to fill the seat of resigning Councilor Nancy Bullett, making him an incumbent once again.

Bona will be the senior-most member of the council, having won a 10th term. Lamb, Moran and Buddington each earned a third term.

Bona has been on the council through three mayors.

"With [Thomas] Bernard elected, it's a time for new ideas. The City Council supports and backs up what the mayor wants to do, so we'll be looking to him for direction. We're like the checks and balances on the mayor," Bona said.

Lamb said that, in the coming weeks, he'll look to hold workshops for the current and new city councilors to bring them up to speed before January.

"I think we have an incredible cohort of nine people that are coming into these positions and a new, incredible mayor," Lamb said.

Heather Putnam Boulger, Ian Bergeron and James Holmes all won seats on the North Adams School Committee. Bergeron narrowly defeated Raya Kirby for the third and final available seat by an unofficial tally of 1,275 votes to 1,241.

Boulger, the lone incumbent, won the most votes.

Holmes had notified the city clerk that he wished to rescind his name from the ballot, but it was too late, according to City Clerk Marilyn Gomeau.

Incumbents Paul Gigliotti and Gary Rivers won four-year terms on the Northern Berkshire Vocational Regional School Committee.

Adam Shanks can be reached at ashanks@berkshireeagle.com, @EagleAdamShanks on Twitter and 413-496-6376.


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