North Adams native Rebbecca Cohen announces run for City Council

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NORTH ADAMS — Rebbecca Cohen is determined to sit on the City Council.

The North Adams native and mother of two school-age children on Tuesday looks to be appointed by the eight remaining councilors to fill a vacancy until the November election. No matter the council's decision, Cohen will still campaign for a full, two-year term for one of the nine seats — all at large — on Nov. 7.

"Community involvement and having children in the schools are reasons I want to be involved in city government," she said in an Eagle interview on Sunday.

Cohen, along with former Councilor Wayne Wilkinson, have submitted letters of intent to temporarily succeed Nancy Bullett who resigned effective July 1 as she relocated out of the city. The appointee will serve the remaining six months of Cohen's term, as the city charter charges the council to fill a council vacancy before the next regularly scheduled city-wide election.

Wilkinson has also announced he will run in November after finishing 10th in the 2015 election, ousted from the council by 51 votes.

After earning a master's degree in business administration, Cohen returned to North Adams five years ago and currently is director of human resources and compliance for her family's businesses: Tunnel City Transport and Carridi Auto. Last year, she graduated from the 1Berkshire's Leadership Program.

If elected, Cohen vows to be thoroughly engaged with city residents and business leaders.

"I am not afraid to speak to people and find out what they want," she said. "I can mingle with everybody."

Cohen cites in her formal campaign announcement released over the weekend that it's time to give back to her hometown with an upbeat attitude.

"North Adams is embarking on a very promising turn for the future and I am enthusiastic to get working on rendering our city a better place to raise our children," she stated. "All residents want North Adams sustainable and viable."

Cohen added it's time for new political blood to build upon the city's gains in recent years.

"North Adams has come so far in the past decade and there is so much more that we can do to truly improve our status and attract people to be active in our community," she said.

Reach staff writer Dick Lindsay at 413-496-6233


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