You are invited to a Candidate Forum that highlights the Primary Election race for Sheriff of Hampshire County on Thursday, August 25 at 7 pm, jointly sponsored by the Amherst and Northampton Leagues of Women Voters.
The candidates will present their views and answer questions in-person at the new Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley Street in Northampton as well as online. Amherst Media and Northampton Open Media will be cooperatively recording the forum which will also be accessible later from our website. We will send out links and any other pertinent info in August.
As one of the few contested county offices in this year’s Primaries, the race for Sheriff brings to light the importance of this arm of local law enforcement. Sheriffs oversee county jails and houses of correction, providing needed health and educational services to inmates. Their leadership has an impact on drug addiction and mental health treatment, vocational training and prisoner reentry back into their communities. Can you name the current Hampshire County Sheriff? In a recent poll only 17% of voters can. Let's increase the 17%!