Advocate of lake compromise seeking seat on Stockbridge Select Board

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STOCKBRIDGE — Town election season is off to the races, with a potential contest for one open Select Board seat already shaping up.

Seeking a three-year position on the Select Board is Patrick White, a member of the Conservation Commission and the Stockbridge Bowl Association who has advocated for a compromise solution to lake management issues such as control of invasive weeds.

White was among the first potential candidates to take out nomination papers available in Town Clerk Terri Iemolini's office until March 27. The annual town election is on May 19.

White would be vying for the seat held by Select Board Chairman Terry Flynn, who told The Eagle this past week he has not decided whether to seek re-election for a second term. He was elected to the board in 2017, running unopposed for the slot on the three-person board vacated by Steve Shatz. Flynn garnered 298 votes as an advocate for maximum transparency and townwide participation in key board decisions.

Although 20 signatures of registered town voters are required on nomination papers, Iemolini recommends 25. There's plenty of time to gather them, since the deadline for returning the papers is 5 p.m. March 31.

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The town currently has 1,665 registered voters, she said. Legal residents have until April 28 to register with the town clerk so they can vote at the annual town meeting on May 18 and in the election the following day.

Also on the ballot this year is a five-year term on the Planning Board currently held by Nancy Socha and on the Housing Authority, where Bernard Edmonds is the incumbent. Both have picked up nomination papers, signaling their intention to run for re-election.

Other open positions include three-year terms on the Board of Assessors, a slot currently held by Tom Stokes, the Board of Health (Henry Schwerner, incumbent), Parks and Recreation (Steve Knopf) and the Sewer and Water Commission (Tom Schuler).

A two-year term on the Board of Health is also open, currently held by Rae Williams, who had been appointed to fill a vacancy.

A one-year position on Parks and Recreation is up for grabs. The incumbent is Nicole Fairaux, who was appointed and has taken out nomination papers for election to the seat.

Clarence Fanto can be reached at cfanto@yahoo.com, on Twitter @BE_cfanto or at 413-637-2551.


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