Precinct 8 may have a new councilor

Town Council to vote on Karen Shapiro Miller at Dec. 19 meeting

GREENFIELD — Karen Shapiro Miller of Phillips Street could be the Town Council’s next representative from Precinct 8.

The council will vote on the appointment at its meeting Dec. 19.

The seat was left vacant this summer when Iris Vicencio-Rasku resigned in late September, citing a family illness as her reason.

If Shapiro Miller, who has lived in Greenfield for a year and a half and lived in the area for seven years, is approved, she will serve to the end of Vicencio-Rasku’s term in June 2013.

Town Council President David Singer said this weeek he received three applications for the vacancy. Douglas Mayo of Wells Street and former councilor and mayoral candidate James Hutchinson of Main Street were the other two.

“They were all good candidates, but I think Karen is the best fit for the council,” said Singer.

Miller is also a member of Greening Greenfield. She joined the local energy committee shortly after moving to Greenfield from Amherst.

She is a science writer with a master’s degree in geosciences from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

“She has an excellent resume and is well educated,” said Singer. “She’s very talented.”

Singer said he is excited about Miller joining the 13-member council and hopes the other 11 councilors will be.

“She came with a high recommendation from Nancy Hazard (co-founder of Greening Greenfield),” said Singer.

“I’m looking forward to serving my community,” said Shapiro Miller.

Born and raised in New Jersey, Shapiro Miller said she loves the strong sense of community she has found in Greenfield.

“I was looking for a place to settle and fell in love with Greenfield,” she said.

Shapiro Miller said she likes that she can walk to the library, a couple supermarkets, the YMCA and the downtown.

“I heard there was an opening in my precinct and I’ve always liked getting involved,” said Shapiro Miller, who served on the library board and got involved in school activism when she lived in Connecticut for seven years.

“This seems like a good fit to me,” she said “If they vote to accept me, I’ll be very pleased to have the opportunity to contribute.”

If Shapiro Miller becomes Precinct 8 councilor, she will have the option next spring to run to keep the seat for another three years.

Shapiro Miller has been a freelance science writer for the past 10 years.

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