The Greenfield School Committee will be discussing the School Resource Officer program expansion at its April 11 meeting.

This Wednesday, April 11, the School Committee will be holding its regular monthly meeting at 6:30pm in the cafeteria at Greenfield Public High School (21 Barr Avenue).

One of the items on the agenda is the proposal by Mayor Martin and Chief of Police Robert Haigh to expand the police department’s School Resource Officer program in the Greenfield Public Schools.

If you want to share your thoughts on this proposal and are able to attend the meeting in person, there will be a public comment session. If you are unable to attend, the contact info for the School Committee and its individual members can be found on their website.

Wednesday evening’s meeting will be broadcast live on Greenfield Community Television, and will also be streamed on the GCTV website.

Democratic candidates need your help.

At our 2018 Caucus this past weekend, we were honored to be joined by representatives from a number of local, state, and national campaigns:

It’s not too early to start learning more about these folks and getting involved in their campaigns.

Elections are hard work, and no win is ever guaranteed. These are all great candidates, but they need our help!

Come join us for our February monthly meeting

The regular monthly meeting of the Greenfield Democratic Town Committee for February is scheduled for Wednesday, February 28 at 6pm. We will be meeting at the Elm Terrace Meeting Room here in Greenfield.

Our meetings are open to members and guests of the Committee and usually take place on the fourth Wednesday of each month.

You can find the Facebook event for this month’s meeting here.

Let the Appointments & Ordinances Committee know what you think about privatizing Greenfield’s trash collection.

As reported recently in The Recorder, Greenfield Mayor Bill Martin is pushing a plan to privatize trash and recycling services in Greenfield in order to cut costs:

Aging vehicles, rising costs and a dilapidated building at the Transfer Station have led the city to consider privatizing trash service in Greenfield, though some residents are not so keen on the idea.

“I’ve been here for a little more than three years now, and it’s been on the agenda since I got here, so it’s always been in the background, and it’s now gaining a little bit more steam,” Department of Public Works Director Don Ouellette said. “We’re still just taking a look and trying to do what’s best for the town.”

Ouellette said two of the city’s eight trash trucks are no longer roadworthy, and two more will need to be replaced in the coming years. The rising cost of trash disposal, which increased from $56 to $73 per ton during the city’s last negotiations, as well as the decaying condition of the building at the Transfer Station, are also factors the city will consider in its decision.

Precinct 8 Councilor Doug Mayo has drafted an ordinance to make transparent and accountable any effort to privatize city services.

At its regular meeting this Wednesday, February 14, the Appointments & Ordinances Committee of the Greenfield City Council will be taking public comments and discussing the proposed ordinance. If you have thoughts about this ordinance or about privatization of city services, you can share them directly with the Committee at this meeting.

The meeting starts at 6:30pm and will be held at the Planning Office at 114 Main Street here in Greenfield.

We have elected our delegates to the 2018 Massachusetts Democratic Convention!

The Greenfield Democratic Town Committee held its annual caucus this morning at the Elm Terrace Meeting Room. We are excited to announce Greenfield’s delegates to the 2018 Massachusetts Democratic Convention:

Delegates:

  • Maryelen Calderwood
  • Nicole Cavanaugh
  • Donovan Eastman
  • Eric Gilmour
  • Sheila Gilmour
  • Danielle Letourneau-Therrien
  • Ann Mayo
  • Doug Mayo
  • Ben Miner
  • Otis Wheeler
  • Evelyn Wulfkuhle

Alternates:

  • Patrick Falvey
  • Mike Fadel
  • Fern Smitth
  • Patty Morey Walker

We would like to say a big thanks to everyone who came out today, as well as to the representatives who joined us from  various local and state campaigns. It’s great to see so many active and enthusiastic Democrats, and we are excited to have such a strong slate of candidates heading into the 2018 campaign season.

The caucus was an open Democratic Party meeting and everyone was welcome. Nominations and voting followed the process determined by the Massachusetts Democratic Party.

The 2018 Massachusetts Democratic Convention will be held on June 1 and 2 at the DCU Center in Worcester. Check the MassDems.org website for more information!

If you are a registered Democrat and would like to apply to attend the convention as an add-on delegate, eligibility requirements and application forms can also be found at MassDems.org.

 

Thank you, Greenfield!

First and foremost, a huge “Thank you!” to everyone who came out for yesterday’s municipal election here in Greenfield. We are thrilled with the results! More importantly, we are excited by the amazing engagement and collaboration between all the groups and individuals who came together to make the sweep possible and to build a more progressive Greenfield.

So what’s next, you ask?

It is important to take a moment to appreciate our successes yesterday. Then, there is more work to be done.

We want to take this opportunity to review what we did well during this election cycle and what we can do better during the next one.

We need to build a support structure for our newly elected candidates.

Finally, we have to stay organized and engaged so that we are ready for the next round, with another set of great candidates.

That road starts now. If you want to help, we’d love to have you join us. Whether you are thinking about running for office yourself (or know someone who is) or if you just want to get more engaged, we’re here and we are going to keep going. Join our mailing list, come to our meetings, kick in a few bucks… whatever works for you is one more person helping to build a better Greenfield.

We hope to see you soon!

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.

Check out our full slate of endorsed candidates for the November 7 election!

The Greenfield Democratic Town Committee is thrilled to present our full slate of endorsed candidates for the municipal election to be held here in Greenfield on November 7, 2017:

These candidates represent a great balance of experience and new ideas. They are forward-thinking, responsive, and effective. They will provide a set of strong, progressive, and collaborative voices to our town government.

Make sure to vote on November 7 at Greenfield High School. You can also vote via absentee ballot beginning ten days prior to the election at the Town Clerk’s office in Town Hall on Court Square.

If you would like to donate to or help the campaigns of any or all of these candidates, please check out their Facebook pages linked above.

If you would like to help the Greenfield Democratic Town Committee support these candidates, you can donate online via ActBlue.

You can now donate to the GDTC online!

We are now set up via ActBlue to accept online donations:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/gdtc

It is fast, easy, and secure, and you can donate whatever amount you like. You can even set up recurring monthly donations.

We are currently working on our media plan to support our slate of endorsed candidates through this November’s town election. Your generous contribution will help to get the word out and bring people to the polls.

As always, we appreciate your support and hope you will join us in building a stronger, more progressive Greenfield!

We are endorsing Otis Wheeler for Town Council from Precinct 7!

The Greenfield Democratic Town Committee is excited to announce that we are endorsing Otis Wheeler’s campaign for Town Council from Precinct 7.

Otis is a long-time resident of Greenfield and works in community television. He supports Safe City status for Greenfield, opposed raising the cap on charter schools, and wants to push for projects like the new library building that will keep downtown Greenfield strong and draw more people into the heart of our great town.

We believe Otis will be another powerful voice for progress and Democratic values here in Greenfield, and hope you will join us in supporting his campaign through this November’s election.

If you want to find out more about Otis and how you can help him, check out his Facebook page! Donations to his campaign fund can be made via ActBlue.

If you are not sure what precinct you live in, check the precinct map.