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Amherst Town Council Candidates Answers on Sustainability and Diversity

Amherst Town Hall

 

The survey has been updated so only the candidates remaining after the preliminary election appear. We will keep the candidates' responses available through the general election and invite candidates to continue to think about, talk with voters about, and learn about these issues. Updates to their answers will be accepted starting in October.


As a service to the community, Mothers Out Front in Amherst asked all the candidates for the first Amherst Town Council to answer four questions on Sustainability and Diversity. We want residents to have a chance to know the candidates' positions on these issues so they can choose who will best represent them. We also want to educate candidates and the public about initiatives on energy and diversity policies and rules that this Council will decide. In particular, we call attention to Community Choice Energy and Amherst's Zero Energy Municipal Buildings bylaw.

The questions we asked are:

1. Amherst, Northampton and Pelham are currently discussing Community Choice Energy. Is this an idea you support? What are the advantages and disadvantages that you see?

2. How will you explain to voters the initial costs and long-term savings of new Town-owned buildings under the Zero Energy Municipal Buildings bylaw?

3. What are your ideas for making Amherst more affordable for low and moderate income renters and owners?

4. If elected, what will you do to increase racial and class diversity in town government - from Council to committees?

The candidates' answers are organized by where they are running. You can look up your District here.

THANK YOU TO THE CANDIDATES FOR TAKING THE TIME TO ANSWER OUR SURVEY!

 

At-large Candidates

At-large members on the Amherst Town Council represent the entire town and will be on the general election ballot for all Amherst voters to elect. You can vote for three At-large members. 

At-large Candidates' answers to the survey are here, and the contact info they provided is below.

 

DISTRICT CANDIDATES

Don't know your District? Look it up here.

District 1 Candidates 

District 1 members on the Amherst Town Council will represent the North Amherst Precincts 1 (vote at the Zion Church) and 3 (vote at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church). There will be two District Councilors. 

District 1 Candidates' answers to the survey are here, and the contact info they provided is below.

District 2 Candidates

District 2 members on the Amherst Town Council will represent Precinct 2 (vote at North Fire Station) and Precinct 6 (vote at Fort River). There will be two District Councilors. 

District 2 Candidates' answers to the survey are here, and the contact info they provided is below.

District 3 Candidates

District 3 members on the Amherst Town Council will represent Precincts 4 and 10 (vote at the Bangs Center). There will be two District Councilors. 

District 3 Candidates' answers to the survey are here, and the contact info they provided is below.

District 4 Candidates

District 4 members on the Amherst Town Council will represent Precincts 5 (vote at the Bangs Center) and 9 (vote at Wildwood School). There will be two District Councilors. 

District 4 Candidates' answers to the survey are here, and the contact info they provided is below.

District 5 Candidates

District 5 members on the Amherst Town Council will represent Precincts 7 (vote at Crocker Farm) and 8 (vote at Munson Library). There will be two District Councilors. 

District 5 Candidates' answers to the survey are here, and the contact info they provided is below.