Gilmore makes her run for Greenfield mayor official

  • Precinct 6 Greenfield City Councilor Sheila Gilmour announces she is running for mayor at a rally on the Greenfield Common, Thursday evening. STAFF PHOTO/JOSHUA SOLOMON

  • Precinct 6 Greenfield City Councilor Sheila Gilmour announces she is running for mayor at a rally on the Greenfield Common, Thursday evening. Staff Photo/Joshua Solomon—

  • Precinct 6 Greenfield City Councilor Sheila Gilmour announces she is running for mayor at a rally on the Greenfield Common, Thursday evening. Staff Photo/Joshua Solomon

  • Precinct 6 Greenfield City Councilor Sheila Gilmour announces she is running for mayor at a rally on the Greenfield Common, Thursday evening. Staff Photo/Joshua Solomon—

Staff Writer
Published: 3/14/2019 11:41:21 PM

GREENFIELD — Precinct 6 City Councilor Sheila Gilmour formally announced her bid to run for mayor this November, Thursday evening on the Common. 

She was backed Thursday by a group that included: City Councilor President Karen “Rudy” Renaud, Precinct 5 Councilor Tim Dolan, Prencint 8 Councilor Doug Mayo, along with Francia Wisnewski, who ran for state representative this past fall, Glen Ayers, a longtime health regional agent and current health official for Greenfield, multiple members of the local nurses union at Baystate Franklin Medical Center and representatives from Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution, which helped to elect Gilmour.

Gilmour is the third person to say she will try to be the next mayor of Greenfield, after William Martin’s 10 years at the helm. 

She hopes to run on a campaign that focuses on infrastructure, economic development and restoring trust in city employees. Pointing to her three sons who are in Greenfield Public Schools, Gilmour also wants to look to the future of the city by seeking to ensure strong public schools, quality jobs and finding solutions to affordable housing. 

“Greenfield is a beautiful city with an interesting history that we should celebrate and highlight,” Gilmour said. “And while we should never stop honoring out past, we need to recognize that nostalgia is a terrible business plan. We need to create the right kind of conditions for today’s business to flourish.”

A first-term city councilor, Gilmour says she can still bring a significant amount of leadership experience to the position. She is the vice president of her union at the University of Massachusetts, where she works in the registrar’s office, and was a part-time political organizer for the Massachusetts Teachers Association. 

Gilmour is a veteran with 8½ years in the military.

Precinct 3 City Councilor Brickett Allis, who has served as an elected city official for 18 years, and Roxann Wedegartner, a former 14-year Greenfield Planning Board chairwoman, also have announced their intention to run for mayor. 

Now that there are at least three candidates for mayor, the city will hold a primary, likely in September. 

Although the three have announced their candidacies, the official paperwork in Greenfield City Clerk’s Office will not be available until next month. 

The four-year term will begin in 2020.

You can reach Joshua Solomon at:

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