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JERREY ROBERTS
Amherst Regional School Committee Chair Trevor Baptiste speaks during a committee meeting Tuesday at the high school.

Increasingly ugly environment discourages some candidates from running for Amherst School Committee

Thursday, March 26, 2015

AMHERST — In one sense, the town of Amherst exemplifies the spirit of local democracy: just about everyone who has an opinion shares it. But by another measure, the town falls short — at least this year. Voters heading to the polls for Tuesday’s elections will find only one actively contested races for a town board. And in the one …

Amherst write-in campaign backs Lawrence O’Brien for school panel, but he says he will not accept seat

Thursday, March 26, 2015

AMHERST — Supporters of incumbent School Committee member Lawrence E. O’Brien are staging a write-in campaign on his behalf in advance of Tuesday’s town elections. Problem is, he’s not interested. O’Brien, who withdrew from the election despite collecting enough signatures to be on the ballot, said Thursday he will not serve another term …

Southampton voters to decide contested races for Select Board, School Committee and Board of Health

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

southampton — Select Board and School Committee incumbents face challengers and two candidates are vying for an open Board of Health seat in contests that will be decided at the annual town election on May 4. Incumbent David McDougall, Shannon Cutler and Charles J. Kaniecki are seeking the two available three-year seats on the Select Board. One is currently held by Edward J. …

Amherst Board of Registrars expected to dismiss complaint about signatures gathered by School Committee candidate

Thursday, February 19, 2015

AMHERST — A complaint by two Town Meeting members that a School Committee candidate did not gather enough signatures to be on the March 31 election ballot is expected to be dismissed by the Board of Registrars at its meeting Friday. The four-member board is scheduled to meet …

Statewide candidates raised, spent about $33M in 2014

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts candidates spent about $33 million during last year’s elections for statewide officers, a jump of about 9 percent from the 2010 total of $30.4 million. A report by the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance, released Wednesday, also found candidates for governor in …

Just Biden being Biden? VP’s odd moves give pause

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

WASHINGTON — Here’s the thing about impromptu moments in politics: Often they work, sometimes they fall flat, but occasionally they turn out downright awkward. Vice President Joe Biden learned that the hard way Tuesday — twice. Hosting a …

Mass. delegation leery of war powers request

Monday, February 16, 2015

BOSTON — Members of Massachusetts’ all-Democratic congressional delegation are casting a skeptical eye on President Barack Obama’s legislation to authorize military force against Islamic State fighters. Obama is seeking a three-year authorization for the use of force against the Islamic State militants or any successor groups without regard …

Oregon governor quits amid scandal

Friday, February 13, 2015

SALEM, Ore. — Long-time Democratic Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber on Friday announced his resignation amid allegations his fiancee used her relationship with him to enrich herself. In a lengthy statement released Friday, Kitzhaber said he broke no laws …

Alabama’s stand against gay marriage withers

Friday, February 13, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama’s stand against gay marriage crumbled Friday as judges in most counties sided with federal courts rather than their own chief justice, a Republican who once called homosexuality an inherent evil. Many counties in the Bible Belt state reversed course and began issuing the licenses …

Top Democrats urge Ore. governor to resign

Friday, February 13, 2015

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon’s top Democrats urged Gov. John Kitzhaber to resign Thursday, saying he cannot lead the state effectively amid a growing ethics scandal involving his fiancee, a green-energy consultant suspected of using their relationship to land …

Lawrence O’Brien will not seek reelection to seat on Amherst School Committee

Thursday, February 12, 2015

AMHERST — School Committee member Lawrence E. O’Brien is not seeking reelection to the seat he has held for three years. O’Brien said in an email Thursday that he formally withdrew from the race Wednesday so that he can spend time attending to a family member facing medical …

Nomination papers available for 19 positions on ballot in Hatfield town election

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

HATFIELD — Nomination papers and information about elected positions are now available in the town clerk’s office at Memorial Hall on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There are 19 positions available at the annual town election on May 19 when polls will be …

Contests for School Committee and Housing Authority in Amherst town election

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

AMHERST — Three candidates will compete for two available seats on the Amherst School Committee in the March 31 town election. Incumbent committee member Lawrence E. O’Brien, 22 Harris St., Viraphanh Douangmany, 12 Longmeadow Drive, Unit 21, and Phoebe F. Hazzard, 208 Snell St., all submitted 50 signatures …