Three candidates vie for open seat on Becket Select Board

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BECKET — This weekend voters will get a final say on candidates competing for a seat on the Becket Select Board.

The polls are open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Becket Town Hall, 557 Main St.

Three candidates — Laurel Burgwardt, Chris Swindlehurst and Maria Wallington — are vying for the open seat.

Nicole Ledoux stepped down from the board earlier this year, leaving the opening. Her term was due to end in June.

The open Select Board seat is the only contested race, but others on the ballot include: a seat on the town's Board of Health, two on the Finance Committee, one on the Planning Board and another on the Cemetery Commission.

Burgwardt, 58, has lived in Becket for about 32 years. She worked in direct care for Hillcrest Educational Centers for 30 years, she said, as well as for local agencies like Berkshire County Arc. She also worked as a waitress and owned a bar in Tennessee for a time.

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She has served on the town's Conservation Commission, and has served on the Board of Health for the past nine years.

Swindlehurst, 55, said he's lived in Becket full time for about 43 years. His Select Board run represents his first foray into town government, though he serves as a volunteer member of the Becket Fire Department.

Swindlehurst has worked 30 years as a plumbing and heating contractor, and previously owned Cesco Plumbing and Heating and Brown Oil.

Wallington, 73, has lived in Becket for nine years. She said she fell for the town after spending most of her adult life in Anchorage, Alaska.

She worked for 25 years as a pediatric cardiologist and also worked as a medical ethicist.

She has served on Becket's Finance Committee and is a trustee for the Becket Athenaeum. She has also served on a number of nonprofit boards in the past, she said.

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


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