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Ballot takes shape as November election nears

Date: 8/28/2015

AGAWAM – With candidates for mayor, City Council and School Committee turning in their nomination papers on Aug. 18, the November election has taken shape for Agawam.

Mayor Richard Cohen is seeking another term and will run unopposed. Cohen is currently serving in his seventh term. A challenger, William Clark, had taken out papers, according to the Town Clerk’s office, but failed to turn them in.

All current city councilors are looking to reclaim their seats. George Bitzas, Cecilia Calabrese, Paul Cavallo, James Cichetti, Christopher Johnson, Gina Letellier, Joseph Mineo, Dennis Perry, Donald Rheault, Robert Rossi and Anthony Suffriti are joined on the ballot by six challengers.

Robert Alves and Michele Calvanese are seeking election to the council, along with Samuel DiSanti Jr., who ran for state representative in 2013, and Corinne Wingard, who sought a council seat in 2013. They are joined on the ballot by two former council presidents, Richard Theroux, who will resign as the town clerk in January after 32 years, and Robert Magovern.

The serving School Committee members, consisting of Anthony Bonavita, Shelley Borgatti-Reed, Roberta Doering, Diane Juzba, Carmino Mineo and Wendy Rua, are looking to hold onto their seats. Brian Burbank is the only newcomer for the School Committee election.

Residents have until Oct. 14 to register for the Nov. 3 election.