The League of Women Voters of Sudbury is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. We influence public policy through education and advocacy.
Candidates' Night will be held at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, 390 Lincoln Rd., in Sudbury. The program starts at 7:30 p.m., with a chance to meet the candidates at 7:15 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Town positions to be filled in that election include two seats on the board of selectmen and Town Moderator, as well as seats on the board of assessors, Goodnow Library trustees, board of health, park and recreation commission and planning board.
Audience members will be able to submit questions that evening for contested races. Questions may also be submitted in advance by email to firstname.lastname@example.org until 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 3. Questions should indicate the office to which they are addressed and must be addressed to all candidates for that office, not a single candidate. League members will review questions for general interest and may combine questions when several are received on a single topic.
Candidates' Night will be shown live on Sudbury cable local access Channel 8 (Comcast) and Channel 31 (Verizon) and will be repeated several times before the election. The program will also be available on the station's website, http://www.sudburytv.org, as a video-on-demand option.
The election is Monday, March 30, and polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization and does not support or oppose any political party or candidate.
Teams from Sudbury, Wayland and Weston will vie for the Civics Bee trophy. The Civics Bee is sponsored by the Leagues in the three towns.
The special theme section of this year's Bee is Civil Rights, marking the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The main focus of the Civics Bee remains to challenge the teams' overall knowledge of federal, state and local government, with questions in all of those categories.
The Civics Bee teams are composed of six middle school students, six high school students and three adults from each town.
This year's Civics Bee is supported in part by a grant from the Wayland Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
The Moderator will be Jo-Ann Berry of the Acton Area League. Richard Albert, assistant professor at Boston College Law School, a specialist in constitutional law, democratic theory and comparative constitutional law, will again be the judge.