GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Mayor William Martin is not up for re-election this year. Greenfield staggers their elections for Town Council, so only half of the council goes up for election during a given cycle.
There were contested races for two seats on the Town Council At-Large, as well as in Precincts 5, 6, 7, and 8. There was also a citywide contested race for assessor and two ballot questions relating to marijuana tax and flavored tobacco products.
Penny Rickets and Ashli Stempel received the highest number of votes out of the 4 Greenfield Town Council At-Large candidates on the ballot. Only the top two could be elected.
Town Council At-Large incumbent Penny Ricketts had the most votes among candidates with 1884 votes, followed by Ashli Stempel with 1663. Andrew Killeen came in third at 1318, while Maria Burge finished last at 872.
Ricketts was at Greenfield High School as the election results were posted.
“We have big decisions to make on a new library, public safety building, and I just want to help with our taxes,” said Ricketts. “We gotta get them lower.”
Stempel celebrated her victory Tuesday night at Hope and Olive Restaurant in Greenfield. Stempel has served as the precinct 8 town counselor for the past 2 years. At 31-years-old, she’s the youngest town councilor in the town’s history.
“We have to work together, town government should be bipartisan because you need to work on fixing roads, doing things of the essence right now,” said Stempel.
Voter turnout was 27 percent, 7 percent higher than the town clerk’s estimate of 20 percent.
Town Council At-Large
Incumbent Penny Ricketts has been re-elected to Greenfield Town Council At-Large.
Ashley Veronica Stempel has also been elected to the Greenfield Town Council.
Town Council Precinct 5
Timothy Dolan has defeated Marc Odato in the race for Precinct 5 Town Council.
Town Council Precinct 6
Sheila Gilmour defeated Russell Johnson in the race for Precinct 6 Town Council.
Town Council Precinct 7
Otis Wheeler has defeated Daniel Viorel Oros in the race for Precinct 7 Town Council.
Town Council Precinct 8
Douglas Mayo has defeated Kelly Dixon in the race for Precinct 8 Town Council.
Town Council Precinct 9
Precinct 9 Town Councilor Daniel Leonovich will be re-elected as no one challenged him for the position this year.
Deanne Letourneau unseated incumbent Christopher Miller as Greenfield Assessor.
Local Marijuana Tax Ballot Question
Greenfield residents voted YES to the local marijuana tax ballot question.
Flavored Tobacco Products Ballot Question
Residents voted NO to the sale of flavored tobacco products to adults 21 and older in the town.