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LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS PLANS MAJOR CHANGE IN CANDIDATES' NIGHT

The League of Women Voters of Sudbury will try a new approach to Candidates' Night for this spring's election for town offices and school committees.

Instead of a live forum at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, the League will record a separate forum for each contested race at the Sudbury TV studio. Candidates in uncontested races will have a chance to record a statement to voters.

All of these forums will then be shown as separate programs on Sudbury TV and be available as video-on-demand throughout the month of March. The election is Monday, March 30, and the deadline to register to vote in that election is March 10.

"We think this approach will allow more time for the candidates in each of the contested races to present themselves to the voters," said Nell Forgacs, voter service chair for the Sudbury League. "We will not be trying to squeeze panels for all the contested races, no matter how many candidates are involved, into one 90-minute live event. We can offer the candidates for each contested office ample time to address the issues."

"In the past, while our Candidates' Night was a popular program on Sudbury TV and the station's video-on-demand service, it drew a very small live audience. This format should make it easier for voters to get more complete information on the races," said Nancy Brumback, co-president of the Sudbury League.

The number of programs will depend on the number of contested races in the town election. The last day for candidates to file their intention to run is Feb. 6.

There will be 12 positions on the ballot: one member of the Board of Selectmen, two members of the Sudbury School Committee, two members of the Lincoln-Sudbury Regional School Committee, two members of the Goodnow Library Trustees, and one member each of the Board of Assessors, the Board of Health, the Park and Recreation Commission, and the Planning Board. In addition to those three-year terms, there will be an opening for one member of the Planning Board to serve a one-year term to fill a vacancy.

The forums for the contested races will be taped on Saturday, Feb. 29, with a moderator for each forum. Candidates in uncontested races will have a chance to tape a statement, and those statements will be combined into a separate program.

Citizens are encouraged to submit questions in advance to the League at sudburycandidatesnight@gmail.com by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, or deposit those questions in drop boxes at Goodnow Library or the Senior Center between Feb. 11 and Feb. 25.

The forums will be shown on Sudbury TV Channel 8 (Comcast) and Channel 31 (Verizon) and will be repeated frequently before the election. The forums will also be available on the station's website, http://www.sudburytv.org, as a video-on-demand option.

Vaping and Our Kids: An Evening with the Experts

A recording of the forum is available on Sudbury Cable Video on Demand - click here

A panel of experts addressed the health impacts and signs of vaping, resources for families, and the efforts underway at the Sudbury Public Schools and LSRHS to prevent and respond to vaping.

Resources:

Click here for a comprehensive list of resources for parents, teens, and young adults, including help for people who are quitting nicotine.

Click here for tips on how to talk to your kids about vaping.

Click here for FAQs about vaping.

Click here for information for tweens, teens, and young adults about the dangers of smoking and vaping.

Watch online! Education Funding in Massachusetts

How Massachusetts funds education and the impact on student outcomes is a hot topic as the state legislature takes up major reforms.

The League of Women Voters of Sudbury and the Faith in Action Committee of First Parish of Sudbury Unitarian Universalist are co-sponsored a forum on Nov. 17.

You can watch the forum on-demand at https://sudbury.vod.castus.tv/vod/?nav=recent by clicking on the LWV State Education Funding video.

Speakers discussed the history of education reform and how the current funding system works, the education budget reforms pending in the legislature, and the need to close the achievement gap for students in our education system. T

Mary Frantz, education finance specialist for the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts, reviewed the history of education reform and the development of the current foundation budget funding system.

Anastasia Martinez, policy analyst with the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, outlined the changes in education funding proposed in the pending legislation, the Student Opportunity Act, and the impact those changes will have on school districts.

Norma Shapiro, vice president of the board of Citizens for Public Schools, addressed the impact of funding discrepancies among school districts and the need to provide funding that will close the gap between performance outcomes in wealthy versus poorer school districts.

Ranked Choice Voting

How does ranked choice voting work?

The concept of ranked choice is new to most of us, and may be a ballot initiative soon. To learn about the concept and how a ranked choice election would work, watch our Ranked Choice Voting Forum on Sudbury Cable's Video on Demand. Thanks to Voter Choice Massachusetts for supplying an excellent speaker.

Time to Join the League of Women Voters!

2020 is the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment and the founding of the League of Women Voters. We invite you to join us to continue our work for another century. Click here for details on how to join.

You can help in locally in Sudbury at Candidates' Nights, voter registration drives, issues forums, and the civics bee. We plan action as well on domestic violence, gun control, the environments, and other issues.

The Sudbury LWV also contributed to lobbying for legislation at the state level including automatic voter registration, a strong criminal justice reform package, the pregnant workers' fairness act; the ACCESS bill to provide contraceptive coverage without co-pays or deductibles and the repeal of archaic laws targeting abortion and contraception.

Thank you to our supporters