BCC to Host Upcoming Pittsfield School Committee, City Council and Mayoral Debates

Pittsfield, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC), in partnership with the Pittsfield Gazette and Pittsfield Community Television (PCTV), will host several City of Pittsfield candidate debates for School Committee, City Council, and the Mayor’s Office, on its main campus at 1350 West Street in Pittsfield.

On Monday, October 21, in the new Connector building starting at 6:00 p.m., 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 include: 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 include: 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, October 28 at 7:00 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 October 29 starting at 6:00 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 one, between Helen Moon and Kenneth Warren Jr., begins at 6:00 p.m.; Ward four, between Chris Connell and Michael Merriam, at 6:30 p.m.; Ward five, between Patrick Kavey and Jonathan Lothrop, at 7:00 p.m.; Ward six, between Dina Guiel Lampiasi and Joe Nichols, at 7:30 p.m.; and Ward seven, between Anthony Maffucio and J. David Pope at 8:00 p.m. These debates will be moderated by Jim Arpante.

The City of Pittsfield election will be held November 5; polls are open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

About Berkshire Community College

Berkshire Community College (BCC) is a public, fully accredited, community college offering associate degree and certificate programs, as well as various other educational opportunities, primarily to the residents of Berkshire County and surrounding areas. Visit BCC online at www.berkshirecc.edu.