Election: What the Pittsfield ballot will look like in November


PITTSFIELD — The dust has settled, and now we know who's running for what.

The deadline for filing withdrawals or objections to nominations for office in Pittsfield was Aug. 9, and now the field is set.


• In Ward 1, Helen Moon is facing off against Michael Cirullo for outgoing Lisa Tully's seat. Tully is not running for reelection.

• In Ward 2, Dina M. Guiel is challenging incumbent Kevin Morandi.

• In Ward 3, James F. Gleason is challenging incumbent Nicholas J. Caccamo.

• In Ward 4, William E. Wright is challenging incumbent Christopher J. Connell.

• In Ward 5, William Keane is challenging incumbent Donna Todd Rivers.

• In Ward 6, incumbent John Krol is running unopposed.

• In Ward 7 Rhonda L. Serre is challenging incumbent Anthony J. Simonelli.

At Large

Of the four at large seats on the council, one is being vacated, by Kathleen Amuso.

There are six candidates for the four seats, including the remaining three incumbents: Melissa Mazzeo, Peter T. White, and Peter M. Marchetti.

They are being challenged by Edward James Carmel, Earl G. Persip III and Craig C. Gaetani.

At-large candidate Craig C. Gaetani told the council on Tuesday that he welcomed write-in votes from the public for the seat in Ward 6 as well as for a position on the School Committee.

The city charter restricts candidates to one printed name per ballot. Thus while Gaetani can stump for write-in votes for Ward 6 and the School Committee as well, his name will only appear in the at large slot.

That could present a problem as far as the charter is concerned. City Clerk Jody Phillips told The Eagle that both the council and committee charters don't allow members to hold more than one compensated position in city government.

"It's my understanding that the stipend would preclude that from happening," said City Solicitor Richard Dohoney.

Phillips said that if Gaetani won two seats on the council, vacancy rules would likely apply to whichever one he didn't select.

That won't be her responsibility, though — Phillips is not running for another term as clerk. Michele M. Cetti is running unopposed to replace her.

Gaetani was sentenced to two-and-a-half years of probation stemming from his conviction in July on charges of breaking into a vehicle and witness intimidation. A disturbing the peace charge from a city council meeting in January 2017 is expected to be heard in January 2018.

School Committee

There are six candidates for the six seats on the School Committee. William Joseph Cameron and Dennis Powell are the newcomers, and they will run alongside incumbents Joshua M. Cutler, Daniel C. Elias, Cynthia A. Taylor and Katherine L. Yon.

Pamela Farron and Anthony Riello are not seeking re-election.

There is no need for a preliminary election. Candidates will draw for ballot position on Sept. 26; city elections will be held on Nov. 7.

Reach staff reporter Eoin Higgins at 413-464-4872 or @EoinHiggins


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