Running for public office is not for everyone. It takes a lot of commitment, time, and a strong moral compass. While I am sure my moral compass is pointing due north (I think that’s a good direction), it’s because of those first two items and a host of others, that I would never want to serve in a political office. That being said, I have a tremendous respect for anyone who has the desire to serve in that capacity, no matter what the level.

As I mentioned, serving in an elected office is not for everyone, but if it’s for you, and you are thinking about running for elected office here in our fine City of Pittsfield, then here is some important information that you will need to be aware of.

Offices on this year’s municipal ballot in Pittsfield will include: City Clerk, four Councilor at Large seats, Ward Councilor seats from each of the City’s seven wards, and six seats on the Pittsfield School Committee.

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Pittsfield City Clerk Michele Benjamin says that nomination papers will be available starting on Friday, April 2nd at the Registrar of Voter’s Office located in Pittsfield City Hall, 70 Allen Street, Room 101, during normal business hours of 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.

For the full municipal election calendar, including signature requirements and filing deadlines, you can visit:

Here are just a few of the important dates:

Nomination papers available: Friday, April 2.

The last day to submit papers to Registrar of Voters for certification: Friday, July 16.

The last day to submit nomination papers to City Clerk: Friday, July 30.

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