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BCC Hosts Pittsfield Ward, Mayoral Debates for Preliminary Election

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College is hosting the Pittsfield's Ward 5 and Ward 6 debates on Monday, Aug. 19, at 6 p.m. in the Koussevitzky Arts Center, Room K-111, at its main campus, 1350 West St.
 
There are three city races that have sufficient candidates that will appear on the Sept. 17 municipal preliminary election ballot: Ward 5, Ward 6 and mayor. In each case, the top two vote-getters will advance to the Nov. 5 city election, which will also feature the other contested races. 
 
The mayoral forum will take place at BCC on Monday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m., also in K-111.
 
The Aug. 19 event will feature the Ward 5 candidates at 6 p.m. and the Ward 6 candidates at 7 p.m. All candidates have been invited and all are expected.
 
The Ward 5 candidates are: Jonathan Lothrop, Eugene Maselli, and Patrick Kavey. 
 
In Ward 6, the council candidates are: Edward Carmel, Craig Gaetani, Dina Guiel Lampiasi, and Joseph Nichols. 
 
Local radio personality Larry Kratka will host both debates. The debates will air live on Pittsfield Community Television with repeat telecasts prior to the preliminary election. They will also be posted on Pittsfield Community Television's web site, pittsfieldtv.org, for streaming.
 
The event is free and open to the public.

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Pittsfield Voters Will Narrow Candidate Field in 3 Races

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Voters will head to the polls Tuesday to narrow the field in three races: Ward 5, Ward 6 and mayor. 
 
While the entire city will be deciding which two of the four candidates for mayor will be moving on to the general election in November, only Wards 5 and 6 will determine the top two candidates vying to representative their precincts. Neither ward has an incumbent running but both have former city councilors running. 
 
On the mayoral front, incumbent Linda Tyer is being challenged by Rusty Anchor owner Scott Graves, retired Pittsfield Police Officer Karen Kalinowsky and Councilor at Large Melissa Mazzeo.
 
Tyer, the city's first mayor to serve a four-year term, is seeking another four years in the corner office. Mazzeo, who's finishing up her fifth two-year term as a councilor at large, is considered one of the favorites in the preliminary election. 
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