The seven candidates vying for six seats on the School Committee answered questions Monday at a forum held at Berkshire Community College and sponsored by the Pittsfield Gazette and Pittsfield Community Television.
Mayoral candidates Linda Tyer and Melissa Mazzeo sparred over education during a debate hosted by the Pittsfield Educational Administrators Association and United Educators of Pittsfield on Tuesday night.
The four candidates, Rusty Anchor owner Scott Graves, retired Pittsfield Police Officer Karen Kalinowsky, Councilor at Large Melissa Mazzeo, and incumbent Mayor Linda Tyer fielded questions from local radio personality Larry Kratka and made their pitch to potential voters.
Four names will be on the preliminary ballot but only three candidates showed for the debate held by the Pittsfield Gazette and hosted at Berkshire Community College. The moderator was radio host Larry Kratka and Pittsfield Community Television aired the event.
The buzz after Tuesday's afternoon debate centers on a last-second comment from candidate Judith Knight.
"Andrea, you have so little experience that you don't even know what you don't know," Knight said in her closing remarks.
Andrea Harrington said some 95 percent of criminal cases end with plea deals crafted behind closed doors.
When one person gets probation after being caught with pounds of marijuana and guns, while another person is given a two-year mandatory minimum sentence for selling a joint worth of marijuana, it certainly gives people pause. They wonder, is the justice system fair?
Paul Caccaviello, Andrea Harrington and Judith Knight are vying for the nomination that will essentially determine the winner in the race since there is no other candidate on the general election ballot.
Judith Knight says she has "shown you what I am."
On Wednesday night, the candidate for district attorney boasted of some 30 years of work in the community. She stood as a defense attorney up for teenagers for whom she believed were inappropriately getting the book thrown at them from former District Attorney David Capeless for selling marijuana.
The three Democratic candidates all believe that Gov. Charlie Baker can be beat in the fall.
It is just a matter of which one of them will do it. Will it be Newton Mayor Setti Warren, former Secretary of Administration and Finance in under Gov. Deval Patrick's administration Jay Gonzalez, or author and activist Bob Massie.