Cassie Witek announces candidacy for Adams Select Board

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ADAMS — A lifetime resident is ready to bring bold, progressive ideas to town as the community's newest selectwoman.

Cassie Witek on Sunday announced her candidacy for the lone seat up for grabs on the five-member Select Board during the May 1 annual town election.

Witek joins Christine Hoyt in the race for the position currently held by the chairman, Jeffrey Snoonian, who has opted against seeking re-election. A political newcomer in 2014, Snoonian defeated incumbent Michael Ouellette that spring for the three-year term.

Hoyt officially threw her hat in the political ring on Thursday.

In announcing her candidacy, Witek vowed to help Adams turn around economically by supporting a medical marijuana dispensary she says will generate revenue. The wife and mother of two children would also pursue establishing a satellite campus with one of the area's colleges, possibly in the former middle school building in the center of town.

"For whatever reason, we can't rebound like other towns in the commonwealth," she said in an Eagle interview Sunday afternoon. "I'm more than dismayed we can't put something in our downtown."

In response to budget the woes of the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District, Witek is against the district closing the Cheshire Elementary School. The district's school committee recently voted to shutter the building due to declining enrollment and financial constraints.

"We must also ask out state officials to push for aid that is designated for the hardships rural schools face," she said.

Long term, the former emergency medical technician in town believes Adams should open discussions with neighboring communities about former a new, larger school district.

Witek's campaign platform also includes:

• Reactivating the former tax oversight committee to ensure taxpayer dollars are properly and effectively spent.

• With compassion and understanding, town officials should work the state to end the heroin epidemic in the area.

• An all-inclusive town for those of various ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientation, and religious affiliation.

• More support for the arts to boost the local economy.

• Promote green energy and support the environmentally sound plan for Greylock Glen.

• Support food, clothing, and other programs to assist children and senior citizens in need.

Reach staff writer Dick Lindsay at 413-496-6233


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