Newcomer unseats 18-year school board incumbent in Hatfield

  • Hatfield Town Hall, 2019

Staff Writer
Friday, May 24, 2019

HATFIELD — In the town election held Tuesday, a challenger defeated an 18-year incumbent for a seat on the School Committee.

Danielle Stanisewski pulled off the victory over longtime School Committee member Brian Moriarty, winning with 369 votes to Moriarty’s 218.

“I’m just genuinely excited and overwhelmed with all the support I received,” Stanisewski said Tuesday night. Going forward, she said, her priorities on the School Committee will be social-emotional health and sustainability.

Moriarty did not respond to a phone message left late Tuesday.

In the town’s only other contested race — two new candidates vying for a seat on the Planning Board — James “Jimmy” Tarr defeated Christopher Smith by a margin of 452 to 123.

An attempt to contact Tarr for comment was unsuccessful.

Previously a manager at Big Y Supermarket stores and now a stay-at-home mother of three children, Stanisewski had said she was running to be a voice for parents, teachers and children in Hatfield, where she has lived since 2012.

Stanisewski is also a member of the Hatfield Recreation Committee and the elementary school’s council, and serves as a local Girl Scouts leader.

Moriarty is also a member of the Select Board and had touted his previous accomplishments during his 18 years on the School Committee, including launching a virtual high school at Smith Academy and expanding before- and after-school programs at the elementary school.

Dusty Christensen can be reached at dchristensen@gazettenet.com.