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The voters have spoken. Did Town Meeting hear them?

This guest post was written by Johanna Neumann, chair of Amherst for All. This coming Monday, in a special session of Town Meeting, members will vote on what should be a formality in the wake of last month’s resounding charter approval. The vote will be on  asking the state for permission to conduct Town Council elections this year (and only this year) at the same time as the state primary and general elections. This should be a non-controversial aspect of the charter. It is required under our new home rule charter, and is one of many details reviewed and approved …

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15 one-sentence reasons to vote ‘Yes’

The Town Council will be better able to deliberate on issues, get public comment, and seek out additional information than Town Meeting can. The Town Council will know what residents want because campaigns on the issues will measure support for the positions candidates take. Councilors will be informed about issues; Town Meeting has admitted that members haven’t understood issues before voting on them. Councilors will know that their votes represent Amherst’s residents, not just themselves. Residents won’t have to be a part of the legislative body to have a meaningful voice in the decisions that affect them. The Town Council …