Chuck Fewell chosen new mayor of Greenfield

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GREENFIELD — Republican Chuck Fewell was selected mayor of Greenfield by a clear majority Monday, and party faithfuls vowed to stand united behind the new leader in a city still healing from the loss of Mayor Dick Pasco.

Fewell, 70, received nine of the 12 votes by GOP precinct committeemen in a caucus Monday evening at the Hancock County Courthouse Annex. He will complete Pasco’s term as mayor for the next two years and will be eligible to run for election again in 2015 for a new four-year term.

As a standing room-only crowd of more than 100 GOP members, city employees and elected officials applauded Fewell, the first-time elected official said he was grateful for the support.

“It’s kind of still spinning,” he said. “My feet will hit the ground here in a little bit.”

While all six mayoral hopefuls were given an opportunity to address the crowd, only two others – John Patton and Mitch Pendlum – received votes.

Patton received two, while Pendlum received one; both of them are also precinct committee members, so they were allowed to vote for themselves.

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