Incumbent State Representative candidate Tricia Farley-Bouvier introduces herself.
Christine Canning makes a point.
Rinaldo Del Gallo tells a story.
Those in attendance listened carefully.
Ed Sedarbaum welcomes the attendees.
The speakers table. (l to r) Christine Canning, Adam Hinds, Andrea Harrington, Michael Bloomberg, Chris Connell, Tricia Farley-Bouvier.
Holding a candidate’s forum on a holiday weekend afternoon seemed counter-intuitive. Even with the bright sun shining, more than fifty folks from the Berkshire Rainbow Seniors and Age Friendly Berkshires spent Saturday afternoon at the Berkshire Athenaeum in Pittsfield where all the candidates for contested seats showed up and answered questions related to topics and issues of concern to the diverse groups. The primary election takes place this Thursday, September 8, 2016.
Above are some of the photos snapped by Stephanie Zollshan of The Berkshire Eagle.
Members of the Rainbow Seniors began talking about the upcoming elections months ago, and has joined with the Age Friendly Berkshires Task Force to present a Meet the Candidates program that will include all the candidates (Republican, Democratic and Independent) who are running for contested offices this year from the Berkshires region.
Open to all, and slated for Saturday, September 3 from 2:00-4:00 pm at the Berkshire Athenaeum Auditorium, we will hear from all seven candidates for two contested elections: State Senator and State Representative for the Pittsfield area.
The primary takes place just five days later, on Thursday September 8, 2016.
The candidates have not only accepted the invitation of the collaborating senior citizen organizations, but are aware they will be answering questions of special interest to the LGBTQ community – of all ages – as well as those that concern the elders and all Berkshire voters.
The candidates for State Senate are Adam Hinds, Andrea Harrington and Rinaldo Del Gallo who are facing off in the Democratic Primary, joined by the Republican candidate, Christine Canning. They are vying to replace Sen. Ben Downing, D-Pittsfield.
In the State Representative race, incumbent Tricia Farley-Bouvier is facing a challenge from Michael Bloomberg in the Democratic Primary, while Chris Connell is running as an independent for that same office in the General Election.
To our knowledge this will be the first time all the candidates have had a chance to focus on both senior and LGBTQ issues. It will be a rare opportunity to learn their outlook on these important issues. The panel will be moderated by Ed Sedarbaum, founder of the Rainbow Seniors of the Berkshires.
Open to the general public as well as all Berkshire seniors, light refreshments will be served. RSVP’s are encouraged, if you plan to attend, let Ed know, send an email to Ed@rainbowseniors.org