4 out of 5 candidates advance in Greenfield preliminary election

Number of candidates to be narrowed from five to four

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Candidates for Town Council At-Large in Greenfield (from upper left to lower right): Penny Ricketts, Joseph Gochinski, Maria Burge, Ashley Veronica Stempel, and Andrew Killeen

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The results of the preliminary election in Greenfield are in and the November ballot is set for Greenfield’s two at-large town council races.

Greenfield residents voted to narrow the field for at-large, town council candidates. All candidates will go on to advance other than Joseph Gochinski.

Incumbent Town Councilor Penny Ricketts was the top vote-getter, Incumbent Town Councilor Penny Ricketts was the top vote-getter. She’s followed in the results by Ashley Stempel, Andrew Killeen and Maria Burge.

Those four candidates will vie for two at-large seats in November.

Town Clerk Deborah Tuttle told 22News voter turnout for Tuesday’s preliminary election was ten percent.

1,158 out of 11,660 residents voted.

Voters in Greenfield went to the polls Tuesday for a preliminary election to narrow the number of candidates for Town Council At-Large.

There are five candidates running for two at-large seats on the council (the other two at-large seats won’t be up for election until 2019). Incumbent Town Councilor At-Large Penny Ricketts is seeking re-election this year, while Precinct 6 Councilor Maria Burge and Precinct 8 Councilor Ashley Veronica Stempel are also campaigning for at-large seats on the council. Joseph Gochinski and Andrew Killeen are also running for councilor at-large. Incumbent Town Councilor At-Large Mark Maloni is not running for another four-year term.

LIVE UPDATES: Election Results

Tuesday’s preliminary vote will narrow the field of candidates from five down to four for the general election. There is no preliminary election Tuesday for any of the precinct council, school committee, or assessor seats that will be up in November.

Polls in Greenfield opened at 7:00 A.M. and will close at 8:00 P.M. Voters from all nine precincts will be voting at the Greenfield High School gym. Stay with 22News and WWLP.com Tuesday night for the results.

Preliminary elections in western Massachusetts:

  • Tuesday, September 19: Springfield and Chicopee
  • Tuesday, September 26: Holyoke and Westfield
  • Tuesday, October 10: Agawam
  • There are no preliminary elections this year in Northampton, West Springfield, or Easthampton.

The general election in all western Massachusetts communities is Tuesday, November 7.