Candidates emerge in Pittsfield races as nomination deadline passes


PITTSFIELD — Nominations are in and the city election field appears to be set.

Candidates who submitted paperwork at the eleventh hour Friday included Richard Latura, who's running for councilor at large, and Craig Gaetani, who's running for City Council in Ward 6.

Election Day is Nov. 5. There will be a preliminary election Sept. 17. Friday was the deadline to submit proof that candidates had gathered enough signatures to get on a ballot.

Officially, there are four mayoral candidates: incumbent Linda Tyer, Councilor at Large Melissa Mazzeo, Rusty Anchor owner Scott Graves and retired police officer Karen Kalinowsky.

In the City Council's at large race, Latura, whose paperwork still must be certified, joins eight other candidates running for four seats. They are: Alexander Blumin, Yuki Cohen, Jay Hamling, Auron Stark, Kenneth Warren, and incumbent councilors Peter Marchetti, Earl Persip and Pete White.

Warren also is a certified candidate in the race against incumbent Ward 1 Councilor Helen Moon. He has until Aug. 6 to decide which seat goes on the ballot.

There are three candidates in the race to replace Ward 5 Councilor Donna Todd Rivers: former Councilor Jonathan Lothrop, former School Committee member Eugene Maselli and Patrick Kavey.

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In Ward 6, Dina Guiel Lampiasi, operations chief for the Berkshire District Attorney's Office; Ed Carmel, chairman of the Homeless Prevention Committee; and Joseph Nichols are certified to compete for outgoing Councilor John Krol's seat.

Gaetani submitted paperwork for Ward 6 late Friday afternoon, City Clerk Michele Benjamin said. His paperwork still must be certified.

Incumbent councilors Kevin Morandi and Nick Caccamo are certified to run in their respective wards, as is Ward 4 Councilor Chris Connell, who faces off against Mike Merriam of the city's Traffic Commission.

And in Ward 7, former Councilor Anthony Maffuccio and J. David Pope will go head-to-head for the seat that Councilor Anthony Simonelli is vacating.

In the School Committee race, Dan Elias, William Cameron, Mark Brazeau, Thomas Perrea, Dennis Powell and Alison McGee are certified candidates. Current committee Chairwoman Kathy Yon filed completed signatures, but her paperwork still must be certified. There are six seats available.

Benjamin is running unopposed to keep her position.

Candidates must file certified papers by Aug. 2, and the official candidate list will be posted Aug. 5.

Amanda Drane can be contacted at, @amandadrane on Twitter, and 413-496-6296.


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