League to Record Candidates' Forums for Contested Races in Annual Town Election



DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS FOR TOWN AND COMMITTEE CANDIDATES?


The League of Women Voters of Sudbury will tape its Candidates’ Forums for the contested races in the March 28 town election on Feb. 26 and 27. Those contested races are for Select Board, Lincoln-Sudbury Regional District School Committee, Goodnow Library Trustee, and Board of Health.

Sudbury residents are invited to submit questions for the candidates in those races by 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21. Questions may be submitted by email to sudburycandidatesnight@gmail.com 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 and not be addressed to individual candidates.

Candidates in the contested races are:

  • Select Board, two seats: Jennifer Roberts (incumbent), Lisa Kouchakdjian, and Eric Poch

  • Lincoln-Sudbury Regional District School Committee, two seats: Cara Endyke-Doran (incumbent), Kevin Matthews (incumbent), and Maura Carty

  • Goodnow Library Trustee, two seats: Timothy Anderson, Katina Fontes, Alice Levine, and Jean Nam

  • Board of Health, one seat: Carol Bradford (incumbent) and Ashley Horgan

This is the third year that the League has used a recorded format for its Candidates’ Forums 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 record a segment on their qualifications and plans for the office they seek - which will be presented as 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, available to those who don’t subscribe to cable.

The election is Monday, March 28, and the deadline to register to vote in that election is March 8. Due to statewide redistricting, precinct and polling locations for voters in Sudbury may have changed. Registered voters will receive information regarding their precinct and polling location in the Town Census mailing to all households this month. Voters can also check their precinct and polling location via the Secretary of State’s website www.WhereDoIVoteMA.com.

This will be the Sudbury League’s 66th 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.


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