Library trustee race tops Rowe election ballot; four seats have no candidates


Staff Writer
Published: 5/13/2022 3:57:27 PM
Modified: 5/13/2022 3:55:49 PM

ROWE — A contested race for a position as Rowe Town Library trustee tops Saturday’s election ballot, while two Finance Committee seats, one Selectboard seat and one Park Commission spot see no candidates running on the ballot.

Voters will have the choice of incumbent Karen Soviecke or newcomer Lauren Werner for a three-year term as library trustee. Polls will be open at Rowe Elementary School, 86 Pond Road, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Werner, who noted her family is full of “passionate bibliophiles,” said she is running for library trustee because she wants to give back to the town where she and her family live.

“It sounds cliche, but civic duty,” Werner said about her desire to run for what would be her first-ever position in town government. “I’m very interested, as are the librarians, to continue to work on building an ongoing thriving center of community.”

Werner said she wants to “invest in the town of Rowe.”

“I adore the town of Rowe and I want to see the town of Rowe succeed,” she said. “I have a lot of time and energy and ideas to add.”

Multiple attempts to reach Soviecke before press time were unsuccessful.

According to the ballot posted on the town website, there is a three-year Selectboard term, a three-year Finance Committee term, a one-year Finance Committee term and a three-year Park Commission term for which no candidates are on the ballot.

The rest of the ballot is as follows:

■Board of Assessors, three-year term — incumbent Herbert Butzke.

■Board of Health, three-year term — incumbent Margaret Rice.

■Cemetery Commission, three-year term — incumbent James H. Williams.

■Finance Committee, two-year term — incumbent Wayne Zavotka

■Moderator, three-year term — incumbent Robert Clancy.

■Planning Board, five-year term — incumbent Charles Sokol.

■School Committee, three-year term — incumbent Mary Paige.

Town Meeting results

Residents approved all but one article at Monday’s Annual Town Meeting, with unanimous or near-unanimous votes, but they opted to table Article 28, which would have prohibited burning of buildings in town, even if used for Fire Department training.

Voters approved the $4.39 million operating budget, which is a 3.19% increase from fiscal year 2022’s budget, as well as the borrowing of $1.85 million for the purpose of resurfacing public roads.

They also approved the appropriation of $50,000 for capital improvements at Rowe Elementary School and $100,000 for the purpose of rehabilitating a tennis court at Pelham Park. Both appropriations were taken from the capital stabilization fund.

Chris Larabee can be reached at or 413-930-4081.


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