Two seek spot on select board

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SHEFFIELD — This year's town election includes a contest for one open seat on the three-person Select Board.

James Collingwood and Martin Mitsoff are in the race for the three-year term seat held by Chairman David Smith.

The election will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at the Senior Center at 25 Cook Road.

Collingwood, 60, could not be reached.

Mitsoff, 58, is a former community planner and financial analyst who also sits on the town Conservation Commission, and is a trustee at the Bushnell-Sage Library. He said the library is an underappreciated and critical cultural resource.

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Mitsoff said his motivation to run for the board seat is to use his financial experience to help the town and to pinpoint problems.

He said he wants to address practices related to municipal employment that citizens have told him about.

"I have concerns about transparency and conduct within our town hall," he said. "It's about hiring and departures. Some recent occurrences have not been handled well. I'd like to change that."

Uncontested seats: Moderator (one year), William Tighe; Planning Board, (three years), George Oleen and Kenneth Smith; Planning Board (to fill part of an unexpired two-year term), Caitlyn Marsden McNeill; Library Trustee (three years), Pat Levine.

Heather Bellow can be reached at hbellow@berkshireeagle.com or on Twitter @BE_hbellow and 41-329-6871


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