Village of Hubbardston has newly elected leader

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 10:01 am on Thursday, November 15, 2012

HUBBARDSTON — The village of Hubbardston has a new leader.

James “Jim” Barker II was elected with 84 votes in his unopposed campaign for village president. He will replace longtime Village President Janet Dailey, who has been village president since 2001 and has served on the village council for almost 40 years.

Dailey did not return a message seeking comment for this story.

Barker, 42, previously served on the village council about 15 years ago. He has lived in Hubbardston most of his life and has worked as a corrections officer for 23 years now.

“I was asked to run,” Barker said. “Nobody else wanted the job, I guess.”

Barker said his goal as village president over the upcoming two-year term is to follow in Dailey’s footsteps.

“Hopefully do as well as Janet did in the past,” Barker said. “She put a lot of work into those town and I hope I can keep things going as well as she did.”

Also new on the village council are Julie Schafer, who received 83 votes, and Mary Keiffer, who received 53 votes, in their campaign for two open council positions. A third candidate, Brittany Taylor Barker (James Barker’s daughter) received 46 votes and was not elected to the council.

Schafer and Keiffer will replace Mary Dalton and Stephanie Genereux, who did not run for re-election. All three new council members will be sworn into office at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The Hubbardston Village Council is also comprised of Clerk Debbie Amos, Treasurer Carol Fink and council members Ellen Genereux and Earl Geselman.

Voters in Clinton and Ionia counties cast votes in the village election, as Hubbardston is partially located in both counties.

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