• Plenty of candidates in Williamstown
     | January 29,2013

    WILLIAMSTOWN ó Voters will have plenty of choices to make when it comes to who serves on their five-member Select Board in March, but lame duck Town Treasurer Bob Cleaves wonít be one of them.

    Though Cleaves took out a nominating petition early on, he didnít return a signed version by Mondayís 5 p.m. deadline, according to Town Clerk Barbara Graham, who said plenty of other people did.

    According to Graham, there will be contested races for each of the three Select Board seats that expire on Town Meeting Day. The field includes two recently appointed board members, two former board members and a couple of critics of the current board.

    Selectman Matt Rouleau, who was appointed to fill a vacancy on the board last year, is being challenged for a three-year seat by former board member and frequent board critic Christopher Peloquin.

    Like Rouleau, Selectman Scott Vaillancourt was appointed to fill a vacancy last year and will be challenged by a resident who has frequently questioned the board. Mike Sprano is hoping to oust Vaillancourt in a two-way race for a two-year seat.

    Meanwhile, former board member Ed McGlynn and resident Adam Stone are running for the three-year seat held by Francis Covey. Covey announced early on he would not be running for re-election.

    Graham, who is running unopposed for clerk, said Ron Saldi Sr. is the only candidate for a three-year seat on the School Board and no one filed a petition for a soon-to-be-vacant two-year School Board seat.

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