News Brief: BCC to host upcoming school committee, City Council, mayoral debates

BCC to host upcoming Pittsfield School Committee, City Council, mayoral debates

Pittsfield — Berkshire Community College, in partnership with the Pittsfield Gazette and Pittsfield Community Television, will host several candidate debates for Pittsfield School Committee, Pittsfield City Council and the mayor’s office on its main campus.

On Monday, Oct. 21, at 6 the new Connector building, there will be the Pittsfield School Committee forum followed by an At-Large City Council debate at 7:30 p.m. The seven candidates running for the six school committee seats are Mark Brazeau, William Cameron, Dan Elias, Alison McGee, Tom Perrea, Dennis Powell and Katherine Yon. The eight candidates running for the four Councilor At-Large seats are Alexander Blumin, Yuki Cohen, Richard Latura, Jay Hamling, Peter Marchetti, Earl Persip, Peter White and Auron Stark. Both debates will be moderated by Larry Kratka.

On Monday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. in the Robert Boland Theatre, there will be the Pittsfield mayoral debate between Mayor Linda Tyer and At-Large City Councilor Melissa Mazzeo moderated by Tammy Daniels.

Finally, on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 6 p.m. in Koussevitzky room 111, a series of separate debates will take place back to back for the five contested Ward City Council seats. Ward 1, between Helen Moon and Kenneth Warren Jr., begins at 6 p.m.; Ward 4, between Chris Connell and Michael Merriam, begins at 6:30 p.m.; Ward 5, between Patrick Kavey and Jonathan Lothrop, begins at 7 p.m.; Ward 6, between Dina Guiel Lampiasi and Joe Nichols, begins at 7:30 p.m.; and Ward 7, between Anthony Maffucio and J. David Pope, begins at 8 p.m. These debates will be moderated by Jim Arpante.

The Pittsfield election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 5; polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.