There was an unfortunate mishap with Candidate’s Night at the Southborough Library last night.
One Planning Board candidate informed organizers yesterday morning that he was ill. Since that was too short notice for the Library to add a virtual component to the evening, there wasn’t a real Q&A for that contested race.
(There was Q&A for the Northborough candidates for the Regional School Committee and for the uncontested Select Board candidates. I will cover highlights in a separate post.)
Candidate Debbie DeMuria attended and made statements. Alan Belniak’s absence was explained and his statements were read aloud. But most attendees clearly weren’t comfortable putting one candidate on the spot when the other wasn’t there to also be questioned. (I did ask a question, but was the only one.)
Since it is an important position, and I was so looking forward to a real Candidate’s Night after a two year hiatus, I’m trying to find a resolution. (Annual Town Meeting taking place two evenings next week makes a reschedule unlikely.)
I am hoping to compile some to ask the candidates to respond to prior to the May 10th election.
If you are interested in sending in questions, please email email@example.com by noon this Sunday, May 1st. To participate, you will have to provide your name and address. (After all, if you had asked a question at Candidate’s Night you wouldn’t have been able to remain anonymous!)
Reminder, you can learn more about the candidates by reading their statements to readers here.
Updated (4/29/22 7:31 am): To make it easier for me to ensure I see everyone’s questions, please use the subject line “Questions for Planning Board Candidates”. (Although, I will search emails to try to ensure I don’t miss any without the subject line.)