NORTH ADAMS -- Mayor Richard J. Alcombright kicked off his re-election campaign last Thursday, marking the unofficial start of the city's election season.
Alcombright, who is seeking a third two-year term in the city's corner office, was the only individual to take out nomination papers for the office as of Monday afternoon.
November's ballot will feature races for all nine City Council seats, as well as races for the North Adams School Committee and the Northern Berkshire Vocational Regional School Committee.
Nomination papers, which require the signatures of 50 registered voters, are due to the City Clerk's office by Aug. 6. Individuals are considered candidates after the signatures are certified by the city's Board of Registrars.
Those who have taken out papers for one of the nine two-year council seats include incumbents Jennifer Breen and Lisa Blackmer, along with Edward LaCosse, Richard LaCosse Jr., Eric Buddington, MaryAnn C. Benoit-Albee, Anthony M. Sarkis Jr. and Wayne J. Wilkinson.
Three seats on the North Adams School Committee, currently held by Heather P. Boulger, John Hockridge and Mark Moulton, will be on the ballot in November. Hockridge was the only person to take out nomination papers as of Monday afternoon.
Two of the city's four elected seats on the Northern Berkshire Vocational Regional School Committee will also appear on November's ballot. Incumbents Gary Rivers and Paul Gigliotti have both taken out nomination papers.
-- Jennifer Huberdeau