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34 former councilors back Mass

GREENFIELD — Town Council candidate Isaac Mass announced Thursday that 34 former councilors and one current councilor have endorsed his candidacy for the only at-large seat up for grabs this year.

Mass said many of the former councilors came forward to express their support in a last-minute surge.

He said besides current Precinct 3 Councilor Brickett Allis, the longest serving member on the current Town Council, former councilors of “all political stripes and party affiliations” are backing him.

“Town Council is not about party affiliation, but doing the right thing for Greenfield’s future,” said former Council President Timothy J. Strahan. “I know I can count on Isaac Mass to do that.”

Strahan said that even when Greenfield had partisan elections for selectman and other town offices, Town Council was always nonpartisan.

Adam Provost, a member of the Greenfield Redevelopment Authority and Public Safety Commission, served with both Mass and his opponent Mark Wisnewski, who is running for re-election this year, said Mass has shown dedication, experience and the know-how to lead the community.

“He doesn’t just listen to the public, but hears them,” said Provost. “He knows how to cooperate when it is in the interest of Greenfield, but he is not afraid to stand up for what is right.”

Other former councilors who have endorsed Mass come from all precincts. They are: Timothy Farrell, Denis LaShier, Dirk Kummerle, Howard Barnard, Robert Wolanske, Darren Engstrom, Deena Ferguson, Nancy Adamoyurka, Sara Vieu, Raymond Vias, Lionel Martin, Joel McFadden, George Brosky, Arthur Levin, Kirk Whatley, Christopher Joseph, Tom McClelland, Lawrence Beaudoin, Daniel Guin, Michael Hibay, James Hutchinson, John Mason, Jean Canteen, Charles Moore Jr., David Dodge, Clayton Sibley, Richard Wedegartner, Rod Gammell, Kenneth Winn, Eric Greene, Arthur Sumner and Mark Maloney.

Mass said he also appreciates the earlier endorsements of John Mackin, Peter Ruggeri, James Fotopoulos, William Allen, Joseph Laurie, Mary McGarrah and Mary Poirier.

Mayor William Martin and former Mayor Christine Forgey have also endorsed Mass.

He said he has gotten broad support by having worked on both the legislative and executive sides of municipal government.

Mass served four terms on the Town Council — two as a Precinct 9 councilor and two as an at-large councilor — and chaired the Council’s Economic Development and Ways and Means committees.

On the executive side, Mass served on the Planning Board and Board of License Commissioners.

“I am truly humbled to have the support of so many people who have given so much to this community,” said Mass. “They can count on me to build on the strong foundation they laid.”

The Greenfield town elections will be held Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Guiding Star Grange Hall, 401 Chapman St.

Were most of these folks not called Selectmen while serving the town? And, wasn't the whole Select Board a totally different method of governing Greenfield? It is wildly mis-leading to refer to them as past Councilors. I expect better reporting from The Recorder.

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