Chunglo, Fill, Stanley win seats on Hadley Select Board

  • Joyce Chunglo and Christian Stanley both won seats on the Hadley Select Board Tuesday night. Chunglo is an incumbent, while Stanley is a newcomer. Joining them on the board will be David J. Fill II, another newcomer who won a seat. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Sunday, April 15, 2018

HADLEY — Political newcomers David J. Fill II and Christian M. Stanley and five-term incumbent Joyce A. Chunglo are bringing the Select Board back to a full complement of five members following Tuesday’s town election.

Fill, a native of Hadley and U.S. Air Force combat veteran, outpaced Jessica F. Kem 616-324, for the remaining year of a term left open following the resignation of Donald Pipczynski last year. Meanwhile, Chunglo, a nurse at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, and Stanley, owner of Valley Malt, took the two available three-year seats with 682 and 595 votes, respectively. They easily beat Isaac T. Ronke-Golding, who had 226 votes.

In the only other contested races, moderator Brian C. West, first elected in 2015, retained the one-year position, topping D. Dina Friedman, 620-317, and nurse Emma M.H. Dragon beat outgoing Select Board member Gerald Devine, 545-398, for a three-year position on the Board of Health.

The 967 voters represented just over 25 percent of the 3,800 voters, according to unofficial results provided by Town Clerk Jessica Spanknebel.

“I thank everyone for their vote and support,” Chunglo said, shortly after the results were announced outside the Hopkins Academy gym. “I’m appreciative of people asserting their right to vote.”

Stanley said he has jitters in winning a seat, but will be ready to get to work for residents.

“I’ll take it one step at a time, do a lot of listening and do the best I can,” Stanley said.

Fill said he hopes to immediately begin dealing with several issues, including settling the ambulance service for the town, mediating the concerns the American Legion has with the town over the senior center project and ensuring sufficient funding for the police and fire departments.

“I’m glad we had such a fantastic voter turnout approaching 30 percent today,” Fill said.

Before departing the school, Chunglo shook hands with Stanley and reminded him to get paperwork and be sworn in at Town Hall in the morning so he could participate in the board’s Wednesday evening meeting.

Incumbents won other elections without challenges, including Humera M. Fasihuddin for a three-year term on the School Committee; Jeffrey Mish for a three-year seat on the Board of Assessors; Jo-Ann M. Konieczny and Alison K. Donta-Venman for three-year positions as trustees for the Goodwin Memorial Library; James J. Maksimoski for a five-year term on the Planning Board; Sheila M. Konieczny for a one-year position as Elector under the Oliver Smith Will; Susan P. Glowatsky for a three-year term as tax collector; and Wilfred P. Danylieko for a five-year position on the Hadley Housing Authority.

Newcomer Steven N. Higgins earned a three-year position on the Park Commission.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.