Amherst Town Hall in a storm
You would think in a town where activism is a badge of honor more people would show interest in the highest elected political office. Well ... one-fifth of the highest office, as it takes five Select Board members to fill the executive branch better represented by one Mayor.
Maybe Doug Slaughter's surname scared off the competition. But he's the only candidate running for the lone available seat currently occupied by Aaron Hayden, who took out nomination papers but then changed his mind and pulled a Lyndon B. Johnson.
The only other potential candidate who took out papers, which require the signatures of 50 registered voters, was Richard Strahan who gave a UMass dorm room address.
Vira Douangmany at Town Clerk's office, after handing in her nomination papers
The School Committee will see a contest as last year's candidate Vira Douangmany will square off against incumbent Lawrence O'Brien and ambitious newcomer Phoebe Hazzard, who took out her nomination papers at 3:30 PM and returned them at 4:45 PM, only 15 minutes before deadline. There are two open seats.
TracyLee Boutilier happy about returning her papers
The Housing Authority will also see a contest as two candidates have filed for the one open seat, which is a five year term. TracyLee Boutilier, who lost last year to well-known Peter Jessop, and newcomer Emilie Hamilton.
Jones Library Trustees race will be as quiet as a library with only two candidates running for two seats, both incubments who currently occupy those seats: Austin Sarat and Tamson Ely.
Town Meeting, the cumbersome 240 member legislative branch, will have contests in just half of the precincts for the eight 3-year terms available in each of the ten precincts.