EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – East Longmeadow held a preliminary election on Tuesday for an open seat on the Board of Selectmen.
Six candidates were in the running, the two candidates who get the most votes Tuesday were Kevin Manley and William Arment. They’ll both have their names on the ballot at the annual town election on April 12th of this year.
Ironically, the person who wins the seat might only stay there temporarily. A question on the ballot in April will ask residents whether they want to pass a proposal for a new town charter, which would mean a new structure of government.
Right now, East Longmeadow is run by selectmen. The proposed charter would change the form of government to a town manager and a town council.
East Longmeadow Town Clerk Tom Florence told 22News if the charter proposal is voted in, the town’s select board would no longer exist, and residents would vote for a town council, “The transition would occur and by July 1st, is the approximate date, that the town council would be in charge and the board of selectman would be eliminated.”
The town’s select board would continue fulfilling their duties until that transition took place.
East Longmeadow voters will be given the Charter Commission’s proposal two weeks before the April 12th town election.