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The school project will require a Proposition 2 1/2 debt exclusion question on the November 8, 2016 State Election ballot for Amherst Voters. A forum on Wednesday, September 28, 7-9 p.m. in the Amherst Regional Middle School Auditorium, will give the community an opportunity to hear different views.

Candidates for the Third Hampshire District Representative have participated in a number live forums this summer and have also responded in writing to questions dealing with issues of interest to the League of Women Voters.

The state primary election will be held THURSDAY, September 8. The League of Women Voters of Amherst will hold a candidates forum for positions for which there is more than one candidate on Thursday, August 25, at the Town Hall from 7 to 9 p.m.

The forum on March 14, 2016, in the auditorium of the Amherst Regional Middle School will begin with a speaker covering the role and options of a town charter commission and continue with an opportunity for the candidates for the proposed Commission to introduce themselves.

A question concerning the establishment of an Amherst Charter Commission will appear on the ballot for the March 29, 2016, Amherst municipal elections. On the same ballot, residents will vote for up to nine candidates to serve on the Commission. Here are some resources to help you prepare.

On Wednesday, October 28, 2015, a panel heard personal stories about issues dealing with private health insurance companies. Comments came from both patients and providers. All of the stories from the Speak Out will be collected and given to the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing at a hearing in Boston for single payer bills.

The League of Women Voters of Amherst was presented with the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce’s Community Service Award at the Chamber’s annual dinner on October 1.

Why us? Why now?

On Wednesday, October 28, 2015, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Cape Cod Lounge of the UMass Student Union, the League of Women Voters of Amherst will host a program entitled Speak Out for Health Care Justice: Is Health Care in Massachusetts Working for You?

Please join us on March 19, 7-9 pm for Candidates' Night in the Town Room at the Amherst Town Hall. This is the League of Women Voters' way of keeping Amherst citizens informed about the upcoming election on March 31st. We will be hearing from the candidates and have an opportunity to ask them some questions as well.

The Health Care Committee is planning a program with the MA Department of Mental Health entitled "GOOD Mental Health. It starts with a conversation." The program is planned for Wednesday, March 11, 2015 from 7:00pm - 9:00pm at the Unitarian Universalist Society, 121 N. Pleasant St, Amherst. Featured speakers will present personal accounts of recovery and resiliency. Discussions will focus on dispelling myths about mental health issues, removing obstacles to acceptance in our community and better understanding.

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