Greenfield 2017 Municipal Election Frequently Asked Questions


  1. When is the election?
  2. Where do I vote?
  3. What will I be voting for?
  4. What precinct do I live in?
  5. Who is running?
  6. What about write-in candidates?
  7. I don’t see my precinct listed. Should I still vote?
  8. How can I find out more about the candidates?
  9. I won’t be able to get there on Election Day. Can I vote absentee?
  10. What do town councilors do?
  11. What does the School Committee do?

When is the election?

The election will be held on Tuesday, November 7. Polls open at 7:00 AM and close at 8:00 PM.

Where do I vote?

Voting for all precincts in Greenfield will take place at Greenfield High School, 21 Barr Avenue.

What will I be voting for?

On the ballot for this election are:

  • Two At-Large seats on the Town Council
  • A single seat each for Precincts 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 on the Town Council
  • One 2-year seat on the School Committee
  • Three 4-year seats on the School Committee

What precinct do I live in?

You can take a look at the Town of Greenfield Precinct Map to determine your precinct.

The poll workers at the high school on election day can also help you figure it out.

Who is running?

Town Council at Large:

  • Penny Ricketts
  • Andrew Killeen
  • Maria Burge
  • Ashli Stempel

Town Council Precinct 5:

  • Marc Odato
  • Tim Dolan

Town Council Precinct 6:

  • Russell Johnson
  • Sheila Cullen Gilmour

Town Council Precinct 7:

  • Otis Wheeler
  • Dan Viorel Oros

Town Council Precinct 8:

  • Douglas Mayo
  • Kelly Dixon

Town Council Precinct 9:

  • Daniel Leonvich

School Committee – 2 year seat:

  • Donna Woodcock
  • Susan Eckstrom

School Committee – 4 year seat:

  • Don Alexander
  • Katie Caron
  • Susan Hollins

What about write-in candidates?

You are free to write in any candidate of your choosing for any of the positions listed above, even if that person’s name is not on the ballot.

There are currently three publicized write-in campaigns:

  • Matthew Kuzmeskus for Town Council, Precinct 5
  • Suzanne Patenaude for Town Council, Precinct 9
  • Robert Cooley for School Committee, 4 year seat

I don’t see my precinct listed. Should I still vote?

Yes!

Even if you live in Precincts 1, 2, 3, and 4 (which are not up for this year’s elections), you can still vote for the At-Large seats on the Town Councils and the 2-year and 4-year seats on the School Committee.

How can I find out more about the candidates?

The Greenfield Recorder has been running profiles of all the candidates, which you can check out on their website.

Most of the candidates have their own Facebook pages as well.

I won’t be able to get there on Election Day. Can I vote absentee?

According to the Town Clerk of Greenfield,

Voters may be eligible to vote at home or in person at the Town Clerk’s Office if they are unable to go to the polls on Election Day. The information provided by following the link below will help you determine if you or a family member are eligible for an Absentee Ballot.

http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleifv/howabs.htmFor further information or to request an application for absentee voting call the Greenfield Town Clerk’s Office at (413) 772-1555-extension 6162 or email:  townclerk@greenfield-ma.gov.

Applications for absentee ballots must be filed with the Town Clerk no later than 12:00 noon on the day before the Election.  If the day before an election falls on a holiday, applications must be filed no later than 5:00 p.m. on the last business day preceding the holiday.

What do Town Councilors do?

The Town Council is the legislative body for the Town of Greenfield. According to the town website,

The Town Council exercises legislative powers of the Town. Councilors vote on financial matters, Town and Zoning Bylaws, amendments to Greenfield’s Home Rule Charter, review Mayoral appointments to multiple member boards, and the purchase and/or sale of town owned land.

What does the School Committee do?

From the town website:

The school committee is responsible for creating policies for the district and overseeing the development of the district budget.

The GPS School Committee is made up of 7 members including the Mayor of Greenfield and six elected officials. Members are elected in November of every odd year and serve four year terms. The committee configures its chairperson, vice chair, and subcommittee assignments annually.