Sept. 6, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Students in Dr. Samantha Pettey’s “State and Local Politics” class, part of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Department of History, Political Science and Public Policy courses offered this fall, will co-host two candidates forums with the North Adams Chamber of Commerce and Greylock WORKS.
The events, slated for Thursday, Sept. 14, and Thursday, Oct. 19, at Greylock WORKS, will provide opportunities for the public to meet the candidates who are running for office in North Adams.
According to Pettey, an assistant professor of political science at MCLA, “There is no better way to teach students about local and state politics than including a community-based learning project into the course.
“The local elections this fall in North Adams are a great opportunity for a more hands-on learning experience,” Pettey continued. “Students will get to know what it's like to run for local office – something I hope they take back with them to their home towns and cities after graduation to pursue their political ambitions.”
The first event will take place on Thursday, Sept. 14, when the five candidates for mayor of North Adams meet members of the local business community, from 5 to 5:30 p.m. Then, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., the candidates will introduce themselves to the voters of North Adams, and talk about their ideas for the future.
On Thursday, Oct. 19, from 5 to 5:30 p.m., candidates for positions on the North Adams City Council and the North Adams School Committee will meet with members of the area business community. From 5:30 to 7 p.m., they will introduce themselves to local residents, and discuss their future plans.
According to North Adams Chamber of Commerce President Glenn Mahoney, “Our goal is to give the voters of North Adams every opportunity to meet and get to know all of the candidates for elected office in North Adams this fall. We feel it is vitally important for all of us to take part in the electoral process.  To do that, we must all have the opportunity to learn and understand the issues that are important to our community, and to learn the vision our leaders have for the future.”
Both events will be held at Greylock Works, 508 State Road, North Adams. Those interested in attending should access the events through the main entrance on Protection Avenue. Parking will be available in the municipal ball field lots off of Protection Avenue, and in front of the Greylock Works on State Road.
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