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No races in Hawley election Tuesday

Special election set for July 9

HAWLEY — Tuesday’s local election will feature four incumbents running unopposed and three races with no candidates. A separate election will be held in July to fill seats left vacant by three of the town officials who resigned last month.

Selectman Philip C. Keenan, of 4 Plainfield Road, and Assessor Jason A. Velazquez, of 7 Pudding Hollow Road, are each running for re-election for three-year terms.

Suzanne S. Crawford, of 64 West Hill Road, is running for a three-year term to continue her role as a non-parent member of the Hawlemont Local Educational Council.

Tree Warden Richard Gould, of 3 Hunt Road, is running for another one-year term.

There are no candidates on the ballot for a three-year seat on the Hawlemont School Committee, a one-year seat for auditor and a one-year seat for moderator — leaving the door open for write-in candidates to take the seats.

Auditor Kirby Thwing, of 15 Pond Road, is willing to be written in as auditor or moderator, said Virginia Gabert, the town’s administrative assistant.

If the positions are not filled after the election, the Board of Selectmen can make appointments, Gabert said.

July 9 special election

The town will hold a special election on July 9 to fill the posts of three officials — a clerk, a selectman and a Hawlemont School Committee member — who resigned following a March 12 special election.

On that night, after it was announced that John Sears had been elected selectman, Town Clerk Lisa Turner and School Committee member and selectman candidate Hussain Hamdan announced their resignations.

Within two weeks, Moderator Cynthia Stetson and Selectman Tedd White had also resigned.

Nomination papers for those three posts are available by contacting Temporary Town Clerk Pam Shrimpton at 413-339-5518 (Town Office) or 413-339-4091.

The papers must be returned to the Registrars of Voters by May 21 and must have signatures of at least 25 registered voters.

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