Conway to get a new town clerk for the first time in 40 years

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Published: 5/13/2019 6:43:45 AM

CONWAY — Two transplants will go head to head in the May 16 election to determine who gets to serve as Conway’s first new town clerk in 40 years.

Sheila Harrington and Laurie Lucier are running in this year’s lone contested race, both vying for the opportunity to replace Virginia “Ginny” Knowlton, who has had her job since 1979. Both candidates said their love for their adopted home and desire to help people were their primary reasons for running for public office.

Harrington

Harrington, who in 2016 ran unsuccessfully to unseat Knowlton, is a U.S. Air Force veteran who went to school for office management. She said in anticipation of winning the upcoming election she has been shadowing Knowlton at the Town Office Building to learn the ropes during any free time she has.

“She assigns homework,” Harrington said of Knowlton.

Harrington, who grew up as a “military brat” and moved to Conway with her fellow veteran husband 10 years ago, said she wants to bring the town clerk position into the modern era.

“I’m very proficient in computers. I’ve taken several computer classes,” she said, adding that she is skilled at using programs like Excel and PowerPoint. “I really love to organize and I know that sounds silly but I love to organize and I love helping people. I feel the town clerk position brings those two together.”

She is part of the Conway Sportsman’s Club and Conway Snowmobile Club and serves on the Festival of the Hills Committee, of which she is co-chair. She has also been on the Finance Committee and the 250th Anniversary Committee. She said she is also a notary public.

Harrington, 48, has worked at Greenfield Savings Bank for nine years.

Lucier

Lucier grew up in Greenfield and has lived in Conway three years.

“To be honest, when my husband and I came to the town, we really fell in love with it,” she said, adding that she is interested in “having a hand in town government and to do anything I can for the town residents to help them and to move things forward.”

She said she has a degree in business management from Springfield Technical Community College and works as an office manager and bookkeeper at a Greenfield law firm. She said 30 years of experience in office management has equipped her with computer and organization skills that set her apart.

Lucier, 55, said she decided to run for Town Clerk after a friend and longtime Conway resident found out Knowlton planned to retire and called Lucier to ask if she could nominate her at the town caucus. She said Knowlton leaves big shoes to fill.

“If I win, I imagine I’ll be calling her a lot,” she quipped, adding that she is ready for the responsibilities of the job.

She also said she would like to streamline the office if elected.

“I’m completely open to hearing suggestions from the residents of Conway on what they’d like to see happen and changes they’d like to see made, and implement some of of those changes,” she said. “I would love to have the residents come see me and let me know what changes they would like to see in the town clerk’s office.”

Polls will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Town Hall.

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.


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