North Adams Mayor Dick Alcombright’s campaign had a complaint dismissed while former Pittsfield Mayor Dan Bianchi’s campaign was fined by the state.
Fran O’Connell, who lost to Holyoke mayor Alex Morse in November, sank more than $125,000 of his own money into his campaign.
A former Pittsfield city councilor and city clerk, Linder Tyer defeated two-term incumbent Dan Bianchi in November. In Springfield, Domenic Sarno begins another term — and with a resort casino to be built, it may be his busiest.
Tyer will officially take office next week, on Monday, January 4th when she is sworn in.
There’s a backdrop of economic unease in this campaign, illustrated recently by news that plastics company SABIC will leave town next year.
We’ve been talking this month to candidates in several mayoral races around western Massachusetts.
Pittsfield has about 44,000 residents. North Adams has fewer than a third of that.
Mayor Dan Bianchi and City Clerk Linda Tyer really went after each other.
One main issue in this year’s race is crime. The four candidates for Pittsfield mayor have a range of ideas for how they would handle the situation, if elected.
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Voters in a handful of Massachusetts cities head to the polls next Tuesday for preliminary elections. Both cities in Berkshire County have contested races for mayor.
A tense moment happened when water systems analyst Craig Gaetani veered off topic and addressed criminal charges pending against him.
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Supporters want to give Pittsfield’s Affirmative Action plan legal weight in spite of the mayor’s reservations
The resurrected local chapter of the NAACP claims that open city positions have not been widely posted among minority communities.
A newly revived Pittsfield committee on human rights took up its first complaint this week: discrimination charges against mayor Dan Bianchi.