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Deerfield to hold rare special election

DEERFIELD — On Monday, townspeople will vote in the first special town election in at least two decades.

Political newcomer David Wolfram, 60, is running for the eight-month Board of Selectmen seat.

Wolfram seeks to fill the seat vacated by former Selectman Elizabeth Clarke, who resigned on May 1 after serving two years.

Over the summer, as the Sept. 9. election neared, political posters and signs began popping up on front lawns lining North Main Street in support of Wolfram, who is running unopposed.

The election may be the first time in Deerfield’s history where it has a special town election.

Town Clerk/Treasurer/Collector Mary Stokarski said she has worked for the town for 17 years and can’t recall a time a special election was called.

Wolfram works as a plant manager at Charter NEX Films in Turners Falls, overseeing a $26 million budget and 76 employees. He has worked at the manufacturing company for four years.

Before that, the town native worked at the former Deerfield Plastics for 28 years.

He also brings with him a background in rescue work. Wolfram served as a part-time police officer for 14 years in Deerfield, volunteered for 15 years as a firefighter for the South Deerfield Fire District and another 30 years as a volunteer Deerfield EMT.

The election will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Deerfield Town Office at 8 Conway St.

You can reach Kathleen McKiernan at:
kmckiernan@recorder.com
or 413-772-0261 ext. 268.

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