Town Council candidate starts write-in campaign


Recorder Staff
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

GREENFIELD — Greenfield resident Matthew Kuzmeskus has launched a write-in campaign for Precinct 5 town councilor.

Kuzmeskus, 30, was raised in Erving and graduated from Frontier Regional School in South Deerfield in 2005. This week, he announced his candidacy for Precinct 5 in the Nov. 7 election, asking residents for their write-in vote.

“I have new fresh ideas I want to bring to Greenfield to increase economic development for small business, manufacturing, farms and associated ‘Buy Local’ programs,” Kuzmeskus said in a news release.

He said he firmly believes that his military and civilian background in information technology, communications and electronics, as well as his leadership and professionalism will be an invaluable asset to the Town Council.

Kuzmeskus served six years in the Massachusetts Army National Guard, with his Military Occupational Specialty in 94F Chemical Detection and Computer Systems Repair. He earned the rank of sergeant and received an honorable discharge in June 2017. He currently works full-time as an electronics testing and integration technician at L3 LKO — formally Kollmorgan Electro-Optical in Northampton.

“You and I deserve a city we can be proud of,” he said.

In particular, Kuzmeskus said he plans to use his skill set to stop and challenge the poor management and financial decisions that he believes are being made by Mayor William Martin; fight to lower Greenfield’s high tax rate; and ensure that appropriate decisions are being made regarding financial and legislative matters by both the council and the mayor.

Kuzmeskus said he has deep concerns about the current management of the city by Martin — particularly Martin’s actions concerning Greenfield Community Energy and Technology.

“Representation of the Precinct 5 city council seat over the past several years has been increasingly absent,” he said. “Make no mistake; a write-in vote for me on Nov. 7 will be a vote that elects a councilor who will hear your voice, assure your concerns will be met and have someone who will fight hard to maintain that this city is steered in the right direction.”