Mandi answers questions about the arts in Amherst

The Amherst Center Cultural District Board posed a number of questions to the Town Council candidates. Below are Mandi’s responses. What cultural events have you attended recently? Among other events, I have attended cultural events such as the India & Pakistan Flag 75th Celebration, the reading (as a reader) of Frederick Douglass’s What to the … Continue reading "Mandi answers questions about the arts in Amherst"

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Amherst Indy asks about my Vision for Downtown

The Amherst Indy is publishing a three part series where candidates can respond to issues in Town. Below is my response to the first question: Downtown Development.  Much has been said about the flagging downtown economy. What is your vision for a revitalized and prospering downtown and what specifically would you like to see the … Continue reading "Amherst Indy asks about my Vision for Downtown"

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Mandi Responds to APEA Questionnaire

The Amherst Pelham Education Association (APEA) contacted Town Council candidates indicating it wanted to “publicly endorse candidates whose platforms and goals…best meet the needs of our students, families, community, schools and staff.” In order to do so, they asked candidates to complete a survey. I have sent the following responses to the APEA. Town and … Continue reading "Mandi Responds to APEA Questionnaire"

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Mandi Responds to the Affordable Housing Advocacy Coalition Questionnaire

Mandi Jo has consistently supported affordable housing in her first term. Below are her responses to the Amherst Affordable Housing Advocacy Coalition’s questionnaire. The draft Comprehensive Town Housing Policy calls for the development of 250 new affordable housing units for low-income individuals and families, including persons who do not have housing, persons of color, and … Continue reading "Mandi Responds to the Affordable Housing Advocacy Coalition Questionnaire"

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Mandi Jo responds to League of Women Voters Election Guide questions

I am pleased that the League of Women Voters will be again publishing an election guide in the Amherst Bulletin, on October 29th. It is always difficult to distill answers to 50 words or less, but I try. Occupation: Mother Years Residency: 10 (Although I answer this every year, I am not a fan of … Continue reading "Mandi Jo responds to League of Women Voters Election Guide questions"

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Progressive Coalition Shares Common Goals with Mandi Jo

While the Progressive Coalition of Amherst chose not to endorse me for this election, I am pleased to see that they appreciate my service to the Town and that they recognize we share some common goals. The goals we share include: A fiscally responsible and transparent Town government Well-researched and carefully-crafted planning and zoning policies … Continue reading "Progressive Coalition Shares Common Goals with Mandi Jo"

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Amherst Forward Endorses Mandi Jo

Dear Mandi Jo, Thank you for your willingness to serve our community. We applaud all candidates’ efforts to run for elected office in our town. This email is to inform you that Amherst Forward will be endorsing your bid for a town council seat in the upcoming election.  Our endorsement decisions were made considering several factors … Continue reading "Amherst Forward Endorses Mandi Jo"

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Amherst Fire Fighters Local 1764 Endorse Mandi Jo

I am thrilled to have received the endorsement of the Amherst Fire Fighters Local 1764. For too long we have understaffed the Department. Amherst has 47 full time fire fighters. Northampton, with a population 75% our size, has 72. Westfield, Pittsfield, and Leominster, all with similar populations to Amherst, have between 80 and 93. In … Continue reading "Amherst Fire Fighters Local 1764 Endorse Mandi Jo"

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Hanneke Responds to Progressive Coalition of Amherst Questionnaire

The Progressive Coalition of Amherst has requested candidates respond to their Questionnaire. Below are my responses. Both broadly (and with specific examples when possible), please explain your understanding and positions on the following issues, along with your intended actions if elected: Public health, safety, and emergency services Keeping every resident in Amherst safe is one … Continue reading "Hanneke Responds to Progressive Coalition of Amherst Questionnaire"

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Hanneke Answers Amherst Forward’s Candidate Questionnaire

Amherst Forward has asked candidates to answer a questionnaire. Below are my long-form responses to the questions. I submitted shortened responses to comply with their request to limit my answers to 300 words. What would you say are the biggest challenges Amherst faces? Amherst faces some big challenges. The good news is that the new … Continue reading "Hanneke Answers Amherst Forward’s Candidate Questionnaire"

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