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Hampden residents reminded elections take place May 3

Date: 4/26/2010

April 23, 2010

By Courtney Llewellyn

Reminder Assistant Editor

HAMPDEN -- Residents of Hampden are being reminded that town elections are taking place May 3.

And, while there are no contested races on the 2010 ballot, voters are being asked to come out and participate in the democratic process.

Listed below are the candidates running for re-election and the positions they are running for:

  • Town Moderator (one year): Robert Howarth;

  • Selectman (three years): Vinny Villamaino;

  • Town Clerk (three years) and Town Collector (three years): Eva Wiseman;

  • Town Treasurer (three years): Tracy Sicbaldi;

  • Assessor (three years): Stanley Witkop;

  • Housing Authority (five years): George Stone Jr.;

  • Library Trustee (three years): Kathleen Hutchison;

  • Cemetery Commissioner (three years): Richard Hatch Sr.;

  • Planning Board (five years): Joseph Kruzel; and

  • Three Constables (three years each): Arthur Booth Jr., George Stone Jr. and Charles Wood.

New candidates include:

  • Park Commissioner (three years): Jay Ray; and

  • Park Commissioner (one year): Michael Cronin.

Wiseman told Reminder Publications why she's decided to run for her two positions again. "I had worked at a bank here in Hampden for a number of years and I'd met a lot of wonderful people there, even before I moved into the town. That branch had been closed for some time before Rita Vail [the previous clerk and collector] decided to retire from the positions and I was working at a branch in Springfield, but I still saw some of my 'old Hampden customers,'" she explained.

"I was surprised and kind of flattered that so many of them encouraged me to run. I really didn't take them seriously at first. I think I ran because I didn't want anyone to think that I wasn't taking them seriously and the thought of working for the town sounded rewarding. It would give me a chance to give back a little of what Hampden has given me," she continued.

Wiseman added that she never expected to win and was caught completely off guard when she did.

"I've loved it since day one and I hope to continue into my own retirement days," she said.

The polls will be open on May 3 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Town Hall on Main Street.