Two vie for Northfield Selectboard seat in upcoming election

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Staff Writer
Published: 7/10/2020 1:48:55 PM
Modified: 7/10/2020 1:48:45 PM

NORTHFIELD — Barbara Jacque and Joseph Stacy are vying for the Selectboard seat being vacated by Tracy Rogers during this year’s town election, set for Tuesday, July 28.

Polling hours are from noon to 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

Barbara Jacque

Jacque, a member of the Historical Commission who has worked at two local elections, said she loves seeing small-town democracy in action while she’s checking people in. She said she is passionate about Northfield and wants to use her 30-plus years of experience in technology and business to support the town.

If elected, Jacque wants to see more proactive outreach to the community, and more proactive communication with committees.

“We all benefit from clear, timely information on important events and issues, especially newcomers,” she said. “The current challenge is COVID-19, but repeatable communication plans help in any disaster.”

She said committees do important work for Northfield, and the Selectboard is in a unique position to see overlap among them.

“Let’s have committees take turns providing updates at Selectboard meetings throughout the year,” Jacque said. “Let’s help citizens follow an issue all the way from early idea to Town Meeting and afterwards, through implementation.”

Additionally, Jacque said she wants to promote Northfield as a destination, for business and for tourism. She said the next few years will be important, given the business park potential, the Schell Bridge project and The Moody Center’s development plans.

She joined the Historical Commission last year. She also served on the Town Governance Study Committee in 2018, which she said is a “wonderful model for the kind of proactive outreach I’m hoping to encourage.”

Joseph Stacy

Stacy, a U.S. Navy veteran and member of Northfield Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9874, is currently in his second term on the Recreation Commission. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2010.

He also established the Community Park Committee, where he served as both a member and chair for a time. Unfortunately, he said, the Community Park Committee disbanded “due to lack of support from constant rotating positions within the town government, thus leading to a disdain membership and lack of quorum.”

“For these reasons and others, I have decided the time is right for me to step forward and become the community liaison that I hoped could have helped avoid the dissolution for others who may step forward in the future,” Stacy explained.

He recalled one of the most memorable moments from his first term on the Recreation Commission was organizing a field trip for sixth graders in 2014 — this year’s graduating senior class — to officially hang the Northfield town flag in the State House’s Hall of Flags in Boston.

If elected, Stacy said he wants to re-examine the progress made by the Town Governance Study Committee, which he believes “should be an ongoing endeavor ensuring continual proper operation, all while utilizing the goals and objectives” from the 2014 Master Plan.

“I am eager to be a part of the Northfield Selectboard and present another unique perspective on behalf of our community,” Stacy said.

Other races

Other contested races include a three-person race between incumbent Dan Gray, Barnard Boudreau and Alison Wahlstrom for a three-year Board of Health term. Another race sees incumbent Lloyd Parrill, incumbent Jon McGowan, Karen Peters and Saralynn Allen vying for two Board of Library Trustees seats, each a three-year term.

Uncontested races see Stephen Seredynski running for a four-year term on the Planning Board, Stacy Bond running for a three-year term on the Recreation Commission and incumbent Denis Brennan III seeking a three-year veteran’s seat on the Board of Trustees of Veterans Memorials & Veterans Services

Positions with no candidates in the running include a five-year term on the Planning Board, a three-year term for a non-veteran’s seat on the Board of Trustees of Veterans Memorials & Veterans Services and a three-year term on the Sewer Commission.

Also on the ballot is a question asking if residents support changing the number of members on the Selectboard from three to five, which would going into effect following next year’s election if approved. Both Jacque (who was a member of the committee that recommended the increase in members) and Stacy said they are in favor of the change to a five-member Selectboard.

According to Town Clerk Dan Campbell, first-time voters need to register to vote by 5 p.m. on Friday, July 17. Applications for absentee ballots are available upon request. Contact Campbell to request an absentee ballot by phone at 413-498-2901, ext. 112, or by email at TownClerk@northfieldma.gov.

Zack DeLuca can be reached at zdeluca@recorder.com or 413-930-4579.



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