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Isaac Mass campaign event set for Thursday

Isaac Mass.

Isaac Mass.

GREENFIELD — Former At-large Town Councilor Isaac Mass will kick off his campaign to unseat council President Mark Wisnewski on Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Greenfield Moose Lodge on School Street.

Mass, who founded the local Citizens for Growth group, said donations are suggested, but not required.

“People can learn how to sign up to volunteer, get a lawn sign or just show their support,” said Mass. “A couple of key speakers will announce their support.”

Mass announced in February that he would challenge Wisnewski. The local lawyer said he wants to get back on the council to fight drugs and poverty and push for economic development and the creation of jobs.

Wisnewski and Mass will face off for the only at-large council seat at stake in the June 10 polling, which will see races for all five council seats up for election this year — something that hasn’t happened since 2008.

While Wisnewski has said he will push for the town to follow its new sustainable master plan, Mass has said he will be the change the town is looking for.

“This community needs to head in a new direction,” he said.

One of the prominent issues the two candidates disagreed on in the past was the rezoning of French King Highway to allow large retail development there.

Wisnewski said he did not agree that the French King Highway should be rezoned, because he believed it would hurt downtown businesses, while Mass saw it as a step in the right direction for the town. Mass founded Citizens for Growth in the late 1990s to support big box development.

Wisnewski, 49, served as Precinct 5 Councilor for five years, took a couple of years off, and ran again three years ago to become an at-large councilor.

Mass, 37, served on Town Council for a total of 12 years (1999 to 2007), six as Precinct 9 councilor on the 27-member council and six as an at-large councilor on the 13-member council, before leaving for personal reasons and to return to school.

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