Area briefs: Record fair to return to Northampton; Amherst, Southampton Dems to caucus; Carey makes it official

State Rep.  Daniel R. Carey, D-Easthampton,  formally announced his candidacy for Hampshire County Clerk of Courts last Saturday at Hotel Northampton.

State Rep. Daniel R. Carey, D-Easthampton, formally announced his candidacy for Hampshire County Clerk of Courts last Saturday at Hotel Northampton. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Published: 02-21-2024 6:28 PM

Record Fair poised
for a comeback

NORTHAMPTON — After a four-year hiatus, an annual record fair is set to return to Northampton on Sunday, March 3, at Union Station, 125 Pleasant St., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Local and regional record dealers from around the Northeast are bringing out thousands of vinyl records and CDs for sale. There will be 55 tables with at least 50,000 vinyl records and CDs spread over three rooms.

Early admission from 9-11 a.m. is $8 for the diehards looking to snatch the rare finds. Early admission comes with a raffle ticket to potentially be one of the winners of gift certificates to local record stores and three $50 shopping sprees for the fair. The raffle will be called at 11 a.m. General admission is $3 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The event is being sponsored by local record stores Newbury Comics, Turn It Up!, Spin That Records and Electric Eye Records.

Southampton Dems to elect delegates

SOUTHAMPTON — The Southampton Democratic Town Committee will meet on Saturday, March 2, to elect delegates to the Democratic State Convention. Four delegates and four alternates will be chosen to represent Southampton.

The meeting is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. at the Southampton Town Hall, 210 College Highway, first floor conference room. Doors open at 9 a.m.

Registered and preregistered Democrats in Southampton 16 years old by Thursday, Feb. 15 may vote and be elected as delegates or alternates during the caucus. Youth (age 16 to 35), people with disabilities, people of color, veterans, members of the LGBTQ+ community not elected as delegates or alternates are encouraged to apply to be add-on delegates at the caucus or by visiting massdems.org/massdems-convention.

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The 2024 convention will be in person at the DCU Center in Worcester on June 1.

Those interested in getting involved with the Democratic Committee should contact Janet Cain at southamptonmadems@gmail.com.

Amherst Democrats to caucus

AMHERST — On Saturday, March 2, Democrats will convene virtually to elect 17 delegates and four alternates to represent Amherst at the 2024 State Democratic Convention. The caucus begins at 10:30 a.m.

The State Democratic Convention will be in person at the DCU Center in Worcester on June 1. This year’s gathering is the nominating convention for the U.S. Senate seat held by Elizabeth Warren, and it will bring together Democratic activists from across the state in a critical election year.

Registered and preregistered Democrats in Amherst 16 years old by Thursday, Feb. 15 may vote and be elected as delegates or alternates during the caucus. Youth (age 16 to 35), people with disabilities, people of color, veterans, members of the LGBTQ+ community not elected as delegates or alternates are encouraged to apply to be add-on delegates. For more information about add-on positions, visit massdems.org/massdems-convention.

To register to attend the caucus, visit the Amherst Democratic Town Committee at amherstmademocrats.org or write AmherstMADemocrats@gmail.com.

If too few candidates are present to fill available positions, party rules allow the nomination of candidates despite their absence, as long as those candidates notify ADTC co-chairs prior to the March 2 event of their interest in running by writing AmherstMADemocrats@gmail.com.

Carey formally announces candidacy for clerk of courts

NORTHAMPTON — State Rep. Daniel R. Carey, D-Easthampton, formally announced his candidacy for Hampshire County Clerk of Courts last Saturday at Hotel Northampton.

Carey said running for Clerk of Courts allows him “to join my love of public service with my profound respect for the rule of law, and to ensure that the Hampshire County Superior Court remains among the very best in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.”

Carey promised a vigorous campaign, noting that although state law requires the submission of 500 nomination paper signatures, his goal is “to gather from every one of our 20 Hampshire County cities and towns a total of 1,000 signatures.”

Carey was elected to the Legislature in 2018, where he serves on the Joint Committee on the Judiciary. Carey also served as an assistant district attorney and a district court administrator for Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan. Carey previously served on the Easthampton City Council and the Easthampton School Committee.