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Greenfield Recorder Debate, Mohawk Trail Regional High School.
September 1, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
There will be a state senate debate on Thursday, September 1st at 7:00. Mohawk Trail Regional High School.
- The event itself will take approximately 90 minutes, followed by the opportunity to meet and chat with voters.
- Opening statements by each of the candidates will be given in an order to be agreed upon by your campaigns, or failing agreement, will be determined by a random selection process (e.g. pull numbers out of a hat, draw short straws, or a similarly random method.) Each opening statement will likely be limited to 2 minutes.
- A series of questions will be put to the candidates by a panel of 3 (we may extend to 4), which will include Recorder reporter Richie Davis.
- The format may include the opportunity for a small handful of voters in the audience to each ask one question. They will either be able to ask the question directly to the candidate/s, or the questions will be vetted or they will announce their name and read the question on their behalf.
- A closing statement by each of the candidates, to be limited to 2-3 minutes. The way they have determined order in the past has been the candidate who delivered the first opening statement will deliver the last, and vice-versa. That means that one candidate will be in the middle for both opening and closing. However, order can be done a number of ways, so long as there is agreement among the three campaigns.
- Following closing statements the host will offer a few acknowledgements, then gavel the event closed.
- Then there will be an opportunity for each candidate, and voters, to meet and greet for 20-30 minutes.
They expect the event to be televised live and/or taped by a public access television station. You’ll note that GCTV Executive Director Scott MacPherson has been cc’d here. If GCTV cannot do it we will explore other station/s. The tape of the event will then be distributed to Public Access stations in all four counties of the district.
The Recorder will issue press releases and otherwise promote the debate.
SHELBURNE FALLS — The Recorder will sponsor a debate for candidates in the three-way Democratic state Senate race in the district that includes nine West County towns.
The 7.m. debate on Sept. 1 in the Mohawk Trail Regional High School Auditorium will be an opportunity for voters here to acquaint themselves with the three hopefuls seeking the Berkshire-Hampshire-Franklin-Hampden District seat in the Thursday, Sept. 8 primary.
Running for the seat being vacated by incumbent Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield, are attorneys Rinaldo Del Gallo of Lenox and Andrea Harrington of Richmond and Adam Hinds of Pittsfield, who runs Northern Berkshire Community Coalition.
The district includes Ashfield, Conway, Shelburne, Buckland, Charlemont, Hawley, Heath, Rowe and Monroe in Franklin County.
Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016
Mohawk Regional High School Auditorium
7- 9 pm. Candidates should arrive by 6:45 at the latest.
No campaign material in the auditorium.
The panel asking questions will consist of Richie Davis or another Recorder Reporter, Chris Collins of FCAT and WHAI, and Stephanie Slysz of WHMP. Buz Eisensberg will be the moderator. We will be collecting questions from the audience as well.
The event itself will take approximately 90 minutes, followed by the opportunity described below to meet and chat with voters.
Opening statements by each of you will be given in an order determined by a random selection process (e.g. pull numbers out of a hat, draw short straws, or a similarly random method.) Each opening statement will be limited to 3 minutes.
A timer will be present to hold candidates to established time limits. Candidates will have 90 seconds to answer questions and 30 seconds rebuttal time for each question.
A closing statement by each of you, to be limited to 2 minutes. We will determine the order of the closing statements in a random process.
Following closing statements, the moderator will offer a few acknowledgements, then gavel the event closed. Then there will be an opportunity for each candidate, and voters, to meet and greet for 20-30 minutes.
The forum will be televised on FCAT, Falls Cable TV, and the Recorder and Gazette websites.
The League of Women Voters, also a sponsor, will be assisting in vetting audience questions and in keeping track of timing.