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Editorial: Looking ahead to the general election

  • The Greenfield Town Hall Recorder File Photo/Paul Franz

Published: 9/12/2019 9:49:06 AM

Congratulations are in order for the winners of Tuesday’s Greenfield preliminary election, which narrowed the field of candidates for mayor and at-large city councilors.

So we have Roxann Wedegartner and Sheila Gilmour running for mayor in the Nov. 5 general election. And for two at-large city councilor positions: James Henry, Philip Elmer, Christine Forgey and Michael Terounzo.

We also thank Brickett Allis, who ran for mayor, and Terence Stigers, for at-large city councilor, who hoped to serve their city in these positions.

We imagine candidates will take a few days off before hitting the campaign trail along with those running for various City Council and School Committee seats. We will see them at community events. Their signs will be posted in the front yards of city neighborhoods.

Likewise, the Recorder is planning its election coverage.

As we did for the preliminary election, we will organize televised events on Greenfield Community Television for the candidates. We have planned two with GCTV: a mayoral debate and a City Council forum. Dates will be announced soon.

We will again solicit possible questions from readers. Look for our announcement.

As readers surely noted, we were inundated by My Turns and letters supporting candidates prior to the election. We expect the same for not only the candidates but any ballot questions that might appear on the ballot.

The rules for op-eds still apply. Candidates and their supporters may submit one op-ed piece per 30-day period. The word limit for My Turns is 750 and for letters, 300. Submit them to or for those who don’t do email, drop them off at the newsroom, 14 Hope St.

We want writers to tell voters why a candidate deserves their support rather than criticize their opponent. We reserve the right to reject a piece that does not meet these standards.

As for ballot questions, we anticipate letters from varying points of view.

Yes, the Recorder will make endorsements for each office and ballot question.

Choosing which person to endorse is not an easy decision to make, especially when two worthy candidates are running for the same post. As part of the process, we will invite each to the newsroom for an interview.

We are expecting a lively election season this fall. After all, a new person will be taking over the city’s top position since Mayor William Martin, who has served Greenfield for 10 years, is not seeking re-election. Likewise five current councilors — Allis, Wanda Pyfrom, Karen “Rudy” Renaud, Isaac Mass and Mark Berson (who was appointed) — are not running again.

But in the end, it is up to voters to show up at the polls Nov. 5. This is their opportunity to have a say in how their city will be run.

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