Plans for August candidate meetings are being finalized. Under the new Amherst Charter, preliminary elections will be needed for both the at-large seats on the new Town Council, where seven candidates have filed for the three seats, and in all but one of the five districts. No preliminary election will be needed for the District 1 candidates, as only four have filed for the two seats.
Meetings for District candidates, including District 1, 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. at the Amherst Regional Middle School Auditorium [NOTE CHANGE from previously announced location.] 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.
New this year: On AUGUST 1, LWVMA will launch an online voters' guide for the September 4 Massachusetts primary elections at www.InformedVoterMA.org. This guide will feature information about the background, stances, and endorsements of all candidates on the ballot in Massachusetts, including announced write-in candidates, as well as candidate responses to questions posed by LWVMA. Voters can explore their personalized ballot simply by typing in a street address! After the September primary, the candidate list will be updated for the general election on November 6.
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.
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. In addition, during this fall's elections, the League hopes to play a role in informing voters about the new form of government. For more information, please contact Kathy Campbell.