An important part of the League of Women Voters' mission is to help to educate the voters about the positions of the candidates for public office by providing non-partisan information and opportunities for the candidates to speak. Even more critically for this fall's elections, the League hopes to play a role in informing voters about the new form of government. In pursuit of these goals, the League of Women Voters of Amherst will prepare election guides for Town Council candidates for both the primary and general elections, as well as sponsoring or co-sponsoring a number of candidate forums.
Meetings for district candidates will be held on August 21 at 7 p.m. These meetings will allow for small group discussions with individual candidates as well as a panel discussion of the role of Town Council in the formation of the new Amherst government. Locations:
- District 1 (Precincts 1 and 3): Amherst Survival Center
- District 2 (Precincts 2 and 6): Bangs Center, Pole Room
- District 3 (Precincts 4 and 10): Bangs Center, Large Activity Room
- District 4 (Precincts 5 and 9): Jones Library, Woodbury Room
- District 5 (Precincts 7 and 8): Munson Memorial Library
A candidate forum for the at-large candidates will be held on August 29, starting at 7 p.m. in the Town Room of the Amherst Town Hall. Questions for the candidates will be submitted from the League and from members of the audience.
Under League guidelines, no substitutes may replace the candidates at these forums, but candidates who are unable to attend in person will be able to have a brief opening statement read to the audience.
In addition, the League is working with the Gazette to produce a July 18 pre-primary forum for the Hampshire 3rd district on the evening of July 18 in the Large Activity Room at the Bangs Center, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The candidates for the Democratic nomination for this seat are Mindy Dombs and Eric Nakajima. The winner of the September 4 primary election will face independent incumbent Solomon Goldstein-Rose in November. The July 18 forum will be moderated by Becky Shannon, a member of the League of Women Voters of Northampton and former member of the board of the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts. Questions will be taken from the audience as well as panel members.
New this year: LWV of Massachusetts will have an on-line voters guide that will cover races down to the county level, both before the primary and for the general election, including write-in candidates and independents. The Amherst League will produce two election guides for all Town Council candidates (district and at-large), one before the primary election and one before the general election. These will be available on line and in print.
For more information, please contact Kathy Campbell.