Posted: 07/20/2021 11:09:33 AM
NORTHAMPTON – Stanley W. Moulton, retired editor of the Daily Hampshire Gazette who chaired the city’s charter review committee in 2019, announced on Monday that he was running for Ward 1 city council.
Moulton, 68, is running against social worker Emily L. Coffin for the vacant position of City Councilor Michael Quinlan. Quinlan is certified to appear on the Nov. 2 ballot for a general seat on the board.
On Monday, the races are preparing in three quarters – 1, 3 and 4 – with two candidates in each. The councilors of wards 2, 5, 6 and 7 are all candidates for re-election without opposition. Candidates have until July 30 at 5 p.m. to submit their candidacy to the Board of Directors. There is also a five-way race for the two extraordinary seats on the board.
Moulton worked at The Gazette for 42 years as a reporter and editor before retiring in 2018. He serves on the board of directors of Northampton Open Media – a position to which Mayor David Narkewicz appointed him in January 2020 – and spent 10 years as President of the Citizens. Northampton Scholarship Foundation.
“I have been watching the Northampton city government for a long time, although my involvement is very recent,” Moulton said by telephone as he collected voters’ signatures. “I have a certain level of knowledge which would be useful to the board. ”
Moulton has lived in Northampton for 45 years; his two adult daughters graduated from Northampton High School. He graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst.
With Moulton as chairman, the charter review committee recommended lowering the minimum voting age for municipal elections to 16, adopting preferential voting and permanently requiring ballots to be sent out. by mail to all registered voters for each election.
These recommendations were unanimously approved by city council and Narkewicz, and they are now before a state legislative committee awaiting further action.
Moulton said he wanted to work with the next mayor to provide adequate funding for the new community care department, which will send unarmed peer responders to some emergencies currently being handled by police, such as suicide threats and minor incidents of the circulation. The ministry was recommended by the Police Services Review Board in its report released this spring.
“It was an important and necessary recommendation,” said Moulton. “It’s a question of what resources are available and how you allocate them to make it efficient. (The ministry) must have the financial and personnel support to work effectively.
In a statement outlining its priorities, Moulton said the city needs to think “creatively” about increasing access to housing and affordability, providing “strong support for public schools coming out of the pandemic And ensure that all residents have a say in the ongoing redevelopment of Main Street.
“Northampton is a great community to live, work and raise a family, and I’ve always believed that if you get the chance you should give back using the skills you have,” said Moulton. “I was lucky to have the time, and what I think is good training and a good temperament, to contribute.
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