FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Do You Have Questions for League of Women Voters Candidates’ Forum?
The League of Women Voters of Sudbury will tape its Candidates’ Forum for the contested races in the March 29 town election on Feb. 27. Those contested races are for Select Board, Sudbury Public Schools (K-8) School Committee, and Goodnow Library Board of Trustees.
Sudbury citizens are invited to submit questions for the candidates in those races by 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22. Questions may be submitted to the League by email to [email protected] or by mailing to Candidates Forum, LWV Sudbury, P.O. Box 338, Sudbury, MA 01776.
The forum format is to ask the same questions of all the candidates in a race, so questions submitted should apply to the office as a whole and not be addressed to individual candidates.
Candidates in the contested races are:
Select Board, two seats: Dan Carty (incumbent), Janie Dretler (incumbent), and Lisa Kouchakdjian
Sudbury Public School Committee, two seats: Silvia Nerssessian (incumbent), Mandy Sim, and Tyler Steffey
Goodnow Library Trustees, two seats: Marie Royea (incumbent), Lily Gordon (incumbent), and Natalie Schlegel
This is the second year that the League has used a videotaped format for its Candidate Forum rather than a live format. Each contested race will have its own program of about an hour in which the candidates will answer questions. Candidates in uncontested races will have an opportunity to tape a segment on the office they seek and their plans for that office which will be compiled in a separate program.
“We think this approach allows more time for the candidates in contested races to present themselves to the voters,” said Nell Forgacs, voter service co-chair for the Sudbury League. “We are not trying to squeeze panels for all the contested races into one 90-minute live event. We can offer the candidates for each contested office ample time to address the issues.”
The forums will be shown on Sudbury TV Channel 8 (Comcast) and Channel 31 (Verizon) and will be repeated frequently throughout the month of March before the election. The forums will also be available on the station’s website, www.sudburytv.org, as a video-on-demand option.
The election is Monday, March 29, and the deadline to register to vote in that election is March 9. Mail-in voting is encouraged for this election. Voters wishing to vote by mail should apply for a mail-in ballot as soon as possible. Voters can visit www.sudbury.ma.us and click on the Annual Town Election bar at the top of the page to print a request form. Voters who do not have a computer or printer can contact the Town Clerk’s office for a form.
This will be the Sudbury League’s 65th annual Candidates’ Forum. The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization and does not support or oppose any political party or candidate. Information about the Sudbury League is available at www.lwvsudbury.org.