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Boucher Shares Economic Views
Boucher Campaign,
06:22PM / Monday, October 31, 2011
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — This is the third installment of mayoral candidate Ron Boucher sharing his views and ideas on important issues facing the city of North Adams. The below discussion focuses on the economic development for the city.

"North Adams has been faced with reduced population, increased taxes and fees, and reduced services and educational cutbacks. This leads to a vicious circle leading to a downward spiral into economic disaster. Long-term, this economic model cannot be sustained. Real economic development is the only model which offers the promise of sustained economic growth. The MoCA-based artist community is a nice addition, and can help, but offers little for

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Alcombright Pledges City Will 'Move Forward'
Alcombright Campaign,
10:14AM / Monday, October 31, 2011
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Richard Alcombright, who is running for a second term as mayor, said in a statement that this election "might just boil down to campaign slogans":

"In my previous communications, I outlined many of the positive things that have happened since I took office in January 2010.

"My slogan is 'Together We Move Forward.' Now this is a pretty basic statement but it says quite a bit. Simply stated, they are words that take us from where we are and continue to allow us to focus on where we want to go. My candidacy, my re-election, another term in office can only be successful through an inclusionary process that allows public input most

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Downing Endorses Roach for City Council
Roach Campaign,
10:03AM / Monday, October 31, 2011
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — State Sen. Benjamin B. Downing of Pittsfield has given his support to North Adams City Council candidate Greg Roach of Marion Avenue.

According to Downing:

"Greg is exactly the type of person we need in public service. He is engaged, committed, and cares deeply about North Adams and the Berkshires. I know, if given the opportunity, he will serve the citizens of North Adams with distinction and will be a great asset to the community, as we work to address our common challenges."

Roach's reaction to Downing's statement:

"I have had the pleasure of discussing many issues, both broad an narrow, with Ben over the last few years and I hold

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Warren Seeking Berkshire Volunteers for Senate Run
Berkshires For Elizabeth Warren,
09:46AM / Monday, October 31, 2011
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Elizabeth Warren, Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2012, will be in Pittsfield, Thursday, Nov.  3, at Itam Lodge.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the event will run until about 8 p.m. The Itam is located at 93 Waubeek Road at the southern end of Pontoosuc Lake. Parking is available.

Her goal is to sign up as many people as possible to volunteer to work on her campaign, attend the Democratic caucuses on her behalf in February, and reach out to friends on her behalf.

Warren said she wants this to be a "workers" meeting because she knows that it will take a real grass-roots campaign to win. In her own words:

"With the support

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North Adams Candidate Forums Scheduled
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08:14PM / Sunday, October 30, 2011
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — There are three forums scheduled this week for candidates running for mayor, City Council and School Committee in the city. All the debates will be hosted by Northern Berkshire Community Television and broadcast on Channel 17.

Mayoral candidates Richard Alcombright and Ronald Boucher will face off in their third and last debate aired live on Tuesday, Nov. 1, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by iBerkshires, the hourlong debate will take place at the studio without an audience. iBerkshires' Editor in Chief Tammy Daniels will be the moderator.

The focus of the debate will be economic growth, management and government/public services.

Voters are encouraged

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