Abrahams running for reelection, opponent unlikely


Selectman Ed Abrahams

GREAT BARRINGTON — The May 9 town elections are taking shape, and while there are a handful of contested races, it looks like the lone Select Board seat won’t be up for grabs.

Selectman Ed Abrahams is up for re-election, having completed his first three-year term. But as of early this week, he is the only candidate to take out nomination papers, so it looks like he will run unopposed.

Asked why he wanted to remain on the board, Abrahams replied, “I love it. I feel like it makes a difference.”

The ubiquitous Abrahams is widely respected for being involved and accessible — even among those who might disagree with his politics. And most of his detractors are merely at odds with his positions on national issues, he said.

Abrahams quoted former New York City Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, who said, “There is no Republican or Democratic way to clean a street.”

“We have a great board,” Abrahams said. “We get along and 90 percent of the votes are unanimous. Even when they’re not, there’s no name calling. Oh, and the staff is great, too.”

For more on this story, pick up this week’s edition of the Berkshire Record on a newsstand near you.

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