HADLEY, Mass. (AP) _ Call it a strange investment, but the two candidates in Tuesday's election for town selectman say they spent a total of $20,000 in pursuit of the $23-a- week job.

Donald Pipczynski, the incumbent, was initially declared the winner in an April election. Then a recount gave the victory to challenger Anthony Waskiewicz. But the incumbent challenged the tally in state Superior Court and won the new election.

Pipczynski said on the eve of the election that he had spent about $14,000 in campaign funds and legal expenses. Waskiewicz says his campaign costs totaled $6,000.

Waskiewicz calls his figure ''outrageous.'' Pipczynski said he is just happy he could collect enough contributions to cover his costs.