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GREENFIELD — The city of Greenfield will have a new mayor Monday evening, but with five hopefuls offering a variety of experiences and ideas, Republican party officials have a tough choice to make.

A sixth candidate, John Miller, filed for the caucus just before the deadline at 4:30 p.m. Friday. Miller could not be reached for comment Friday evening.

The Hancock County Republican Party will hold a caucus at 7 p.m. Monday at the Hancock County Courthouse Annex to select who will fill the last two years of the late Mayor Dick Pasco’s term.

City council members John Patton, Judy Swift and Mitch Pendlum are running, as are Republican Chuck Fewell and Libertarian and former mayoral candidate Phil Miller. Most of them were seriously considering running for Greenfield’s top elected office in 2015, but their aspirations were put into overdrive when Pasco died of cancer Dec. 10, opening up the possibility of an early start to their political dreams.

The campaigning has been quick, and the talk around town has been rapid. Only 12 people – GOP precinct committee members who live in Greenfield – will vote on Pasco’s successor Monday, and each one has had their mailboxes stuffed and phones ringing as hopefuls have been trying to quickly spread the word about their goals for the city.

The following is a look at each candidate and their priorities for the city for the next two years:

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