Races set for Hadley election

Staff Writer
Thursday, March 08, 2018

HADLEY — Five candidates are competing for three seats on the Select Board at the April 10 town election.

The races for the positions on the Select Board are among a handful of decisions voters will make at the annual election, with positions on the health board and assessors and as town moderator also being contested.

The two, three-year seats on the Select Board will pit incumbent Joyce Chunglo against challengers Christian Stanley and Isaac Golding.

Chunglo, of Bay Road, is a nurse at Cooley Dickinson Hospital who has served on the board since 2003. She is seeking a sixth term.

Stanley, of Middle Street, owns Valley Malt, a malt house that produces organic and locally grown grains for brewers.

Golding, of Hadley Place, works for the town’s Department of Public Works.

Running for the one-year seat vacated by Donald Pipczynski last year are David Fill II, a U.S. Air Force veteran who grew up on Middle Street, and Jessica Kem, of West Street, the director of the writing center at Amherst College.

Other contested races include:

The one-year position as moderator between incumbent Brian West against challenger Dina Friedman;

The three-year position on the Board of Health between nurse Emma Dragon and outgoing Select Board member and business owner Gerald Devine;

The three-year position on the Board of Assessors between incumbent Jeffrey Mish and challenger Theodore Mieczkowski.

No challengers

School Committee incumbent Humera Fasihuddin, of East Street, will run for reelection, along with fellow incumbent Paul Phifer, of Arrowhead Drive. But Phifer is running as a write-in.

Jo-Ann Konieczny and Alison Donta-Venman are running unopposed to keep their three-year positions as trustees for the Goodwin Memorial Library, and James Maksimoski doesn’t have a challenger for another five-year term on the Planning Board.