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13 April, 2017
Surprise: three write-in votes propel Hadley resident to School Committee
HADLEY — In politics, sometimes a handful of votes makes the difference.
In this case, all it took to propel 38-year-old Keith Shannon to the School Committee were three write-in votes — from himself, his wife Geri Labay and a family friend. He said his candidacy was intentional.
“I wasn’t sure that three was going to be enough to get on the School Committee,” Shannon said Wednesday, a day after the annual town election. He said he found out he won by reading the Daily Hampshire Gazette Wednesday morning.
“I saw that I got in with three write-in votes,” Shannon said. “It’s a little daunting because there is a time commitment” but, he added, “it’s very exciting.”
There were two open seats on the five-member School Committee this year and because only Tara Brugger filed as a candidate, one seat remained open. So the person who received the most write-in votes would also get a seat.