Candidates’ Night is Wednesday with Q&A of candidates for Planning Board and Select Board

Above: Past Candidates’ Nights have had a good turnout. Library Trustees are hoping voters will join them again to learn what this year’s candidates have to say. (image cropped from SAM tweet)

The Southborough Library’s annual night to get to know the candidates running for contested positions is next week. The Libraray is inviting the public to join them this Wednesday evening, April 27th.

With an important seat up for grab, you might want to take part in the job interview.

This will be the first Q&A of candidates since 2019. (Last year, the Library coordinated a virtual Candidates’ Night, but that just featured candidates’ recorded speeches.)

Per tradition, the event includes a Meet & Greet with all candidates and a moderated Q&A of Southborough candidates in contested races. (This year, that’s the Planning Board.) This year, they are also including a Q&A for candidates running for Select Board, even though it’s an uncontested race.

The Southborough Library Trustees invite:

The Trustees of the Southborough Library will hold their annual “Candidates’ Night” at the Southborough Library, 25 Main Street, Southborough on Wednesday evening, April 27, 2022. This event gives Southborough voters a chance to meet the candidates, ask questions and get answers. All candidates running for election or re-election in the Annual Town Election have been invited.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a “Meet & Greet” session for the public and all candidates for office. The moderated program will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. with statements and a “Q&A” session with candidates for the Select Board and candidates in the contested race for Planning Board. Candidates in uncontested races will be recognized and are encouraged to attend. Former Library Trustee and Event Organizer Betsy Rosenbloom will serve as Moderator. Sandwiches and sweets will be available.

The Annual Town Election is Tuesday, May 10, 2022. “Candidates’ Night” is an important civic program, part of the Library’s mission to be “the center for life-long learning at the crossroads of our community.” Handicap access is available through the elevator at the lower level entrance at the corner of Main Street/Route 30 and Route 85.

The event doesn’t include Q&A for the Northborough residents vying for a seat on the Regional School Committee. Northborough has already held a forum that included those candidates, incumbent Joan Frank and William Barlow Redfern. You can read the Community Advocates’ highlights here and view the full event here.

Those of you who haven’t been keeping tabs on who is running will be wondering who the event does include.

Alan Belniak and Deborah DeMuria will be making their cases for why you should elect them to the Planning Board. They are vying for the seat being vacated by Don Morris after over 40 years. Running for his seat are. Each already submitted a statement for blog readers that you can find here.

Also included will be Sam Stivers who is running for re-election to the Select Board, and Kathy Cook is running for the seat being vacated by Select Board member Marty Healey. Since Michael Weishan withdrew from running this spring, those candidates are unopposed.

You can find the full list of who else will be on the ballot here.

Voting in the May 10th election will take place from 6:30 am – 8:00 pm at Trottier Middle School, 49 Parkerville Road. (For details on Absentee Voting, click here. For other official details, click here.)

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