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Meet Greenfield School Committee candidates Wednesday

  • Recorder/Peter MacDonald <br/>Wesley Blixt running for school committee in Greenfield<br/>

    Recorder/Peter MacDonald
    Wesley Blixt running for school committee in Greenfield

  • Recorder/Peter MacDonald <br/>Wesley Blixt running for school committee in Greenfield<br/>

GREENFIELD — The absence of a Greenfield School Committee race this year should not mean that residents miss out on the opportunity to get to know the two candidates, believes former Town Councilor Alfred Siano.

That’s why Siano and his wife Mary are hosting an open meet-and-greet for candidates Margaret Betts and Wesley Blixt at their home at 10 Meadowood Drive on Wednesday night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

“It’s a chance for us to host them and provide an opportunity for people ... to come and listen to what they have to say regarding why they want to be a School Committee member,” said Siano. He says he’s hopeful people will vote for the candidates because of their experience and plans and not just because they’re the only names on the ballot.

Betts and Blixt are each running unopposed to fill three-year School Committee seats previously held by Marcia Day and Doris Doyle.

Betts, 35, has taught first grade at Maple Elementary School in Easthampton for the past six years. She runs Roundabout Books, an independent discount bookstore at 26 Kenwood St. in Greenfield, with her husband Raymond Neal.

She has a legal background. She earned a law degree from Yale Law School in June 2003, was licensed by the Maryland State Bar that December and then worked as an assistant public defender for two years.

She has lived in Greenfield for six years and has a 3-year-old son, Thomas Neal.

Blixt, 61, spent a decade-and-a-half as a journalist before transitioning into teaching and public relations. He has worked in UMass communication offices since 1999, and as associate news editor for internal communications for the past three years.

He has taught writing and journalism for the university, both on campus and in the state prison system, and has taught classes at Deerfield Academy and Bard College.

Blixt and his wife, Sarah Hawrylak, have lived in town for eight years. His 26-year-old son Nicholas Blixt graduated from Deerfield Academy.

The event will also serve as a fundraiser for the candidates.

According to a flyer about the event, former School Committee member Donovan Eastman is the treasurer for Betts’ campaign.

And Town Council Vice President Mark Wisnewski, husband of School Committee member Francia Wisnewski, is handling finances for Blixt’s campaign.

You can reach Chris Shores at:
cshores@recorder.com
or 413-772-0261, ext. 264

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