PITTSFIELD — Residents will choose from five candidates for two city council seats in the Nov. 8 election, one serving District 3 and the other a deputy admin position.
The candidates for the universal seat are incumbent Lindsay Holmstrom; Heather Donahue, a former counselor; and new nominee Eric Glencross.
In District 3, incumbent Peter Logiodice is pitted against Howard Margolskee, also a former councilman.
Both council seats serve three-year terms.
Holmstrom served as general counsel for six months, after winning a special election in April. The seat became vacant when State Representative Amanda Collamore resigned last December.
Holmstrom wrote in an email that she enjoyed her time on council and feels she has gained momentum to help modernize city operations and help guide infrastructure improvements.
“I just want to let the citizens of Pittsfield know that I have truly appreciated the opportunity to serve the community thus far,” Holmstrom said, “and I’m confident that I can continue to help bring about the important changes that are desperately needed.”
Donahue, a former councilor, said she thinks her experience on council is an asset, especially when several current councilors are new to the city’s governing body.
She sat on the city council for several years before being beaten last November by Eric Saucier. Donahue also ran in the April special election, but was defeated by Holmstrom.
Donahue said she felt she had more to offer the city. She also said that as a former educator, she was concerned about recent discussions in the council about closing the library to save money. The library offers a variety of services, she said, that are important to residents.
“There’s a lot of value in having someone on the board who actually knows how the board works and understands the rules and the constraints of that,” Donahue said, adding that it’s important that advisers “appreciate the work that the employees of our city do”.
Eric Glencross, a newcomer to local government, said his main concern is the condition of roads throughout the city and would like to see more roads repaved.
He said he didn’t have any specific ideas about what the city should do differently to improve roads, but he would listen to new ideas and persuade other councilors to do more.
Glencross said he was also concerned about bullying issues in local schools and said he would like to see the district bring back a school resource officer.
“I think I could persuade the board to do more things, not just get angry every time someone says no,” Glencross said.
Only residents who live in District 3, which includes a northeast portion of the city, with Interstate 95 serving as one of its borders, will vote in the council race for that district.
Logiodice, the incumbent, has been on the council for three years and is now the deputy mayor. An electrical and maintenance technician, Logiodice said he was a candidate for re-election because he wanted to continue serving the commune.
“The only reason I have for volunteering to be a councilor and continuing to serve on council is to continue to make Pittsfield a nice and affordable place to live and raise a family,” Logiodice wrote in an email.
Follow-up emails sent to Logiodice asking for more details were not returned on Monday.
Logiodice is being challenged by Margolskee, a former councilor who didn’t run for office several years ago because he was retiring and reassessing himself, he said.
After conversations with current residents and councillors, he said, he thinks his experience and forward-thinking style would benefit the city.
Margolskee expressed concern about transparency and leadership among city workers. As for transparency, Margolskee said he would like to see a sign outside the municipal office announcing upcoming meetings and events. He said he knew such information was posted online, but not all residents had easy access to the internet.
Margolskee also said he was concerned about the level of turnover among city employees and suspected it stemmed from a lack of support and leadership from the city manager and department heads.
“Our staffing at City Hall and in many departments has been scattered and rather sporadic,” Margolskee said. “We had difficulties, like many places. However, it seems to have lasted much longer here.