Carey, Mark sponsor census info sessions

  • This March 23, 2018, file photo shows an envelope containing a 2018 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident as part of the nation's only test run of the 2020 Census. (AP Photo/Michelle R. Smith, File) AP FILE PHOTO/MICHELLE R. SMITH

For the Gazette
Published: 2/19/2020 12:08:06 PM

State Reps. Daniel R. Carey, D-Easthampton, and Paul W. Mark, D-Peru, are holding two census 2020 kickoff events in the 2nd Hampshire District on Monday.

Carey represents the district which includes Easthampton, Hadley, South Hadley, and part of Granby. Mark is chairman of the House Committee on Redistricting. They will be joined by the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission’s Complete Count Committee and the U.S. Census Bureau to raise awareness for the census outreach efforts in Hampshire County.

The census gatherings are “informational events to raise awareness of the important goals of the census. We’re hoping many people show up,” Carey said in a phone interview. “The ultimate goal of these events is to have as many people participate as possible.”

The first session will be held at Easthampton’s Municipal Building, at 50 Payson Ave., from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by the second event at the South Hadley Public Library, at 2 Canal Street, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The U.S. census helps determine where resources are funneled into communities, such as federal funding and new schools. “Western Massachusetts needs the resources and representation it deserves,” Carey said. 

These kickoff events are especially important, Carey noted, because this is the first census that many people will do online “and that makes it easier for folks to do it. So it’s all about getting the word out.”

The U.S. census, which is conducted every ten years, will begin on Census Day, April 1, 2020.

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