Adams and Cheshire each have Annual Town Election today, and they also share town clerks of a similar mind: Both say get out and cast a ballot.
"It's going to be a very nice day, so we'll have to see who comes out," Adams Town Clerk Haley Meczywor said. "But we always hope for a good turnout."
Last year, 1,470 of the town's registered voters cast ballots -- a turnout of roughly 25 percent.
The Selectmen's race in Adams is the premiere attention-grabber.
Signs of support are staked in lawns across town and the PNA and Maple Grove Civic Club hosted a candidate's debate in late April.
Today's vote determines which two of the four candidates will be seated on the board come Wednesday's regular Board of Selectmen meeting.
The candidates include Richard Blanchard, Joseph J. Nowak, Donald R. Sommer and Michael E. Young. Terms are three years long.
A second race is for a one-year term as town moderator.
Veteran Adams politicians and former Selectmen Edward J. Driscoll and Scott F. Nichols -- fresh off finishing a three-year term on the board last week -- vie for the role.
Driscoll pointed out the moderator's responsibility of making Finance Committee appointments in addition to running town meetings in an earlier interview with the Transcript.
Another race will determine whether Glen A. Demarsico or Allen J. Mendel earns a seat on the Board of Health. The board has been short a member since former Chair Richard Frost retired. Mendel had been slated to start filling in before town election but no longer could after a race developed.
A field of three have stepped up as candidates for town assessor.
Dennis A. Gajda, Lorraine M. Kalisz and Susan M. Rowe are them. The winner will fill the role for three years.
Also on the ballot, Holly M. Denault will re-up as a town treasurer-collector, a term of three years; Elizabeth M. Bushey seeks a five-year term as a Redevelopment Authority member; Joseph W. Allard is in for a three-year Northern Berkshire Regional Vocational School District (NBRVSD); Lawrence A. Clairemont has volunteered his services as a Cemetery Commissioner for three years; and Karen L. Kettles, Roy Thompson and Martha J. Stohlmann have re-enlisted as a three-year library trustee, three-year Board of Health member and five year Planning Board member, respectively.
The only race in Cheshire is for the position of constable, which primarily consists of posting the town warrant.
"In the old days, before the town had a police force, the constables were the authorities," Cheshire Town Clerk Christine Emerson said.
Ralph C. Biagini, Jason J. Hoellerich, Alison Warner and Andrew Kachel are the candidates for three constable slots of three years apiece.
Carol A. Francesconi, Selectwoman since 1989, also appears on the ballot, up for reelection.
"I still think I have things I can offer the town," Francesconi said Sunday. "I'm still enthusiastic, and I still love being a Selectman."
Others on the ballot include Edmund St. John IV, to be reelected for one year as moderator; Barbara Astorino, for a three-year term on the Board of Assessors; William H. Briggs, three-year term on the Board of Health; Josephine A. Lewis, three-year term as a cemetery commissioner; Francis A. Waterman Jr., three-year term as Water Commissioner; Charles Howard, five-year term on the Planning Board; and William D. Craig, three-year term on the NBVRSD committee.
Adams-Cheshire Regional School District (ACRSD) committee members representing Adams -- Paul K. Butler and Joshua Ryan Demarsico-Birkland -- and Cheshire, Brian P. Astorino appear on both ballots, all seeking committee positions of three years.
Voting occurs in each town from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Department of Public Works garage in Adams and the Senior Center in Cheshire.
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