The new Amherst Town Council will be elected this fall. This first Council will serve for three years, until 2021. After that, Councilors will be elected in odd-numbered years, along with other Town officials such as the School and Library Boards.
The preliminary election will winnow the 33 candidates for Town Council down to 26, two for each position on the Council (two District Councilors for each of the five districts plus three At-large Councilors.) More than four candidates have filed in every district except District 1, and seven have filed for at-large positions. Details of the Council make-up and the transition to the new town government are in the new Amherst Home Rule Charter.
The Amherst Bulletin will publish the Amherst League of Women Voter's Election Guide to preliminary election near the end of August, and you can also download the candidates' responses.
The League of Women Voters of Amherst will also hold candidate meetings and forums for the Town Council candidates. There will be five meetings, one for each district, on Tuesday, August 21, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. After introductory statements, the candidates will meet in rotating small groups with participants (a format sometimes called "speed candi-dating".) This will be followed by a brief panel discussion among the candidates in which they will be asked to speak about the role of the Town Council in shaping the new Amherst government, as well as other issues raised in the small groups. Locations for these meetings:
- District 1 (Precincts 1 and 3): Amherst Survival Center
- District 2 (Precincts 2 and 6): Pole Room, Bangs Center
- District 3 (Precincts 4 and 10): Large Activity Room, Bangs Center
- District 4 (Precincts 5 and 9): Woodbury Room, Jones Library
- District 5 (Precincts 7 and 8): Munson Memorial Library
Visit the Amherst Town Clerk's web site for polling locations and precinct maps.
On Wednesday, August 29, there will be a forum for the At-large candidates for the Council in the Amherst Regional Middle School auditorium starting at 7:00. Introductory statements will be followed by questions from the audience. This forum will be recorded by Amherst Media, which is also running pre-recorded candidate spots for both District and At-large candidates on Channel 17.