Two vie for Westhampton Select Board seat; Finance, School boards short on candidates

Staff Report

Published: 05-29-2023 9:03 AM

WESTHAMPTON — Two candidates have put themselves forward for the Select Board seat being vacated by Philip Dowling, who is stepping down after nine years on the board.

Voting in the town election is June 3 from 8 a.m. to noon at Town Hall.

Jonathan Albitz and Susan Bronstein will provide the only contested election on the ballot. Bronstein is also seeking reelection to one of the two three-year seats on the Planning Board, along with fellow incumbent John Zimmerman.

Four candidates are seeking seats on the Finance Committee, but that’s still two shy of the number required to fill out the panel, with no one on the ballot for the two-year seat and only incumbent Jeremy Durrin and Jennifer Milikowsky in line for the three available three-year seats.

The School Committee is also short a candidate for two three-year seats, with incumbent Peter Cleary the only official candidate. However, Town Clerk Katrin Kaminsky said Julia Lennen has declared her willingness to be a write-in candidate for the other seat.

Others seeking election are Marilyn Witherell, Board of Assessors; Richelle Hurd and Carla Lussier, Finance Committee (one year); Thomas M. Cleary Jr., Hampshire Regional School Committee; Thomas A. Jenkins, tree warden; Benjamin Warren, moderator; Anne Marie O’Reilly and Jacqueline Brodeur, library trustees; and Charles Inman, constable.

Registered voters can vote by mail using the “Vote By Mail” application available on the town website or from the town clerk.

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