13 candidates elected to Amherst’s first ever Town Council

Hampshire County

Amherst made history on Election Day, with a new form of government!

Amherst voters selected the people who will serve on the town’s first town council.

Election Day 2018 brought a first for Amherst government.

Thirteen candidates were elected to serve on the town’s first ever town council. The council will replace the town meeting form of government that had been in place for the last 80 years.

“We are going to be in charge of all of the legislative portions of the town so that means any bylaws that get passed, any ordinances things like that,” said Mandi Jo Hanneke, town councilor-elect. “We are also going to be the policy leaders of the town so the council as a whole will set the policy for things going forward in town.”

Members of the town council said they’ll be conducting several capital projects that will begin in the new term.

Among the Capital Projects being funded: library renovations, new elementary schools, and a new fire station and DPW building.

“I think one of the priorities is going to look at the planning and bylaws related to zoning and one of the big priorities we’ve all been hearing about is our capital infrastructure,” Hanneke said.

All of the new town councilors will be sworn into office at an event at Amherst Regional High School Dec. 2. 

The Amherst Town Council is expected to hold its first official meeting Dec. 3. 

Those elected will serve until 2021.

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