Councilors decide on re-election runs
GREENFIELD — Two of the four town councilors up for re-election this year have decided to run again, while one has decided to step aside and the fourth is undecided.
Town Council President Mark Wisnewski and Vice President Hillary Hoffman have both decided to run for re-election, Hoffman for a second three-year term from Precinct 6 and Wisnewski for a second three-year term as an at-large councilor.
It appears Wisnewski will run against former at-large Town Councilor and local attorney Isaac Mass, who has pulled nomination papers for the seat.
Town Council late last year rejected Mass’s appointment by Mayor William Martin to the Planning Board.
Wisnewski was originally elected to the council’s Precinct 5 seat. He served a two-year and a three-year term in that position.
He said he will serve as president for a second year next year if he wins re-election and is nominated for the presidency. A town councilor may only serve as president for two consecutive years.
“I hope people will recognize the work I’ve done and support me,” said Wisnewski.
Mass could not be reached for comment Friday.
If re-elected, Wisnewski said, he will be concentrating on the budget, an amendment to the town’s Wetlands Protection ordinance, a biomass ordinance, which is being crafted, and a proposed plastic bag ordinance.
Hoffman, who will finish out her first year as vice-president at the end of June, said she will run again because she would like to continue the work she’s been doing.
“I have served on every Town Council committee,” said Hoffman. “I’ve learned a lot and would like to put that knowledge to further good use.”
Hoffman said there’s “a lot coming down the pike” and she’d like to be there for it.
“There are going to be opportunities and challenges,” said Hoffman. “I’m up for it.”
Hoffman said she is looking forward to an upcoming new Sustainable Master Plan presentation to see where the town is headed.
She said she is also excited about all of the new businesses coming into Greenfield and the proposed dog and skate parks.
“We are also facing serious financial challenges, like funding pensions,” she said.
Precinct 4 Councilor Steven Ronhave said currently he is “definitely uncertain” about whether he will run for re-election.
“We are trying to sell our house, so everything is up in the air right now,” said Ronhave, who said he will most likely decide at the last minute.
“I’m also retiring this year, so that’s also going to play into my decision,” he said.
Ronhave said he has also considered “stepping aside” and letting someone else take over.
“If everything works out, I would love to serve a second term,” he said.
Precinct 5 Councilor David Singer, who served as council president for two years before Wisnewski took the helm, said he has decided to step aside and let someone else represent Precinct 5.
“It was time,” said Singer. “I have loved serving my community.”
Singer said he decided to place a self-imposed term limit on himself. He said he may be back in a different capacity at some point.