Connell running for another term on Pittsfield City Council

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PITTSFIELD — Veteran city councilor Christopher Connell wants to represent Ward 4 for another two years.

Connell has taken out nomination papers in an effort to land on the Nov. 5 ballot and win a fifth term.

Ward 6 Councilor John Krol announced two weeks ago he was done after 10 years on the 11-member panel.

Connell says he's most concerned about the affordability of living in Pittsfield.

"I spoke with a veteran real estate agent who said this has been the busiest winter in 25 years. People are moving out. They can't afford the water/sewer rates and property taxes," he said.

All candidates must collect signatures and return their paperwork to the city clerk by 5 p.m. July 19.

Mayoral hopefuls must gather 300 valid signatures of registered voters, councilors at large and School Committee members need 150, and ward seats require 50 signatures.

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