Ward 3 Votes Tomorrow, At-Large Councilor Jesse Adams Kicks Off Campaign

Ward 3 voting machines and booths are set up at the Senior Center, voting Tuesday is from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. (David Reid photos)

Special Election Tuesday for Vacant Ward 3 City Council Seat

NORTHAMPTON – The voting booths are set up, and the optical-scanner vote-counting machines are at the ready for Tuesday’s special election in Ward 3, where retired orthodontist Arnold Levinson and financial consultant Owen Freeman-Daniels both want to be the ward’s next city councilor.

Whomever wins Tuesday’s election will serve for only five months, filling the unexpired term for freshman councilor Angela Plassmann, who quit amidst a city probe into an illegal mobile home on her property in the Connecticut River floodplain.

City Clerk Wendy Mazza predicted Monday that the turnout would be healthy: “I’m hoping at least 20 percent.”

All 2,950 registered voters in the ward will be eligible to vote at the senior center at 67 Conz St. The polls are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Owen Freeman-Daniels (left) and Arnie Levinson are on Tuesday's ballot to fill the vacant Ward 3 City Council seat.

The election will cost about $5,000, the same amount as the annual salary for a city councilor. And that figure, $5,000, is exactly how much money Levinson loaned his own campaign, which raised a total of $9,100 (including Arnie’s loan). Freeman-Daniels raised $5,151.

In all, Levinson raised money from 21 people other than himself, those contributions averaging $188 apiece; five people other than Levinson contributed $500 each. Freeman Daniels had more than four times the number of itemized donations, 94, with only one person (At-large Councilor Jesse Adams) contributing more than $200.  (See our July 26 story, “Ward 3’s Campaign Money: Who Gave What and How It Was Spent.”)

The optical scanners are programmed to spit out a summary of the votes in each of the ward’s two precinct within minutes of the polls closing, and each campaign will have its watchers ready to report the results. By 8:15 p.m. Tuesday night, the election results will be known.

And whether the race is a blow-out or a squeaker, reporters will be asking the two candidates it they plan to face off again in November. During a WHMP radio interview on Bill Newman’s “Nine O’Clock Show” last week, Freeman-Daniels said he will definitely be on the ballot in November, no matter what the outcome. Levinson refused to come on the show.

Incumbent At-large Councilor Jesse Adams.

At-Large Councilor Jesse Adams To Hold Campaign Kick-Off Aug. 8

NORTHAMPTON – At-large City Councilor Jesse Adams will hold a campaign kick-off event on Monday, Aug. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the World War II Club on Conz Street. The food will be catered by the Spoleto Restaurant.

Adams, who is seeking his second two-year term in the Nov. 8 general election, announced the event on Facebook, and his campaign manager (Christopher Cappucci) emailed to reporters a press release in which Adams touts his experience as a first-term councilor, having served on seven committees, chairing two of them. His speech that night is expected to focus on his voting record and his handling of budget matters.

Adams is one of four candidates who have taken out and turned in their nomination papers for the $5,000-a-year council seat. Two other candidates for the two at-large council seats have dropped out of the race, eliminating the need for a Sept. 27 preliminary election. (See our latest story on the at-large council race, “No Preliminary Election for Mayor or At-Large City Council.”)

The other three candidates are Michael Janik, William Dwight and MJ Adams-Pullan. City Council President David Narkewicz, elected at-large, will not seek re-election, since he is running for mayor.

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David Reid can be reached at dreid@northamptonmedia.com

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