Amherst candidates need to attend forum
The Town of Amherst is poised to make local history and conduct a candidate forum for all Amherst Town Board candidates who wish to participate. The event will take place on Oct. 12 in the Amherst Town Hall auditorium at 5:30 p.m.
Candidates will be given a two-minute opening statement and a two-minute closing statement at the end of the program. The remainder of the program will be devoted to the candidates fielding questions from the people in the audience. Each candidate’s response will be limited to one minute. The plan is to have this event videotaped for online viewing by the public on the town website.
Nine members of the Amherst Open Government Advisory Board, who are registered voters of different political parties, supported this event.
IT technology already paid for with taxpayer money is an excellent use of taxpayer resources to allow town candidates to address issues of interest to the electorate and help them make intelligent choices as to which candidate can best represent them. This approach also goes a long way toward removing “money” from the equation by allowing candidates an equal opportunity to demonstrate in a public forum why they should be elected and statements made in public will help to ensure that candidates are more accountable. Remember, Amherst residents: Both parties conspired to give themselves obscene salary increases last year; video recording of Planning Board meetings and work sessions have not happened.
Candidate no-shows for this event will not get my vote.
Edward F. McKee