By Christine Robinson
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The video recording of the Westford League of Women Voters’ 52nd annual Candidates’ Night is now available online at lwv.westford.org. The event, live-streamed via Zoom on April 14, featured all candidates in the May 4 town election for the Board of Health, Library Trustees, Planning Board, School Committee and Select Board. Issues covered ranged from the town’s efforts on diversity, equity, and inclusion to transparency and public participation in board deliberations to lessons learned from the pandemic. The questions were generated from submissions sent to the League via its website before and during the event as well as by the League. The moderator was Jo-Ann Berry, a member of the Acton Area League of Women Voters who also serves as Acton Town Moderator.
Paul Fassbender, a member of the town’s Senior Low Income Disabled Tax Relief (SLIDTR) Committee, led off the evening with an explanation of the question that’s also on the May 4th ballot. The question asks voters to adopt a new means-tested senior property tax exemption based on a state law created for Westford. A sample ballot for the upcoming election is here: tinyurl.com/westfordballot2021.
All voters can vote by mail in this election. Early ballot applications can be downloaded here: tinyurl.com/westfordballotapp2021. Voters will not automatically be sent ballot applications for this election. Voters need to reapply for mail-in ballots even if they applied for early ballots for last year’s elections.
The League has posted its Voters’ Guide on lwv.westford.org as well. The Voters’ Guide features responses from all candidates on the ballot to three questions about their background, reasons for running, and priorities if they’re elected. Together, the League’s Voters’ Guide and Candidates’ Night give Westford voters timely and extensive information on all of the candidates on the May 4th ballot.
Editor’s note: To watch the entire meeting on demand, visit westfordcat.org.