The Candidates Forum

Held On April 18, 2010

Moderated By Donna Motta

Interviews with candidates for Selectman

Both candidates who are running for the office of Selectman were invited to participate in our forum.
Candidate Lorne K. Lawless accepted our invitation to participate in the forum.
Candidate Arastou Mahjoory did not attend.

Please click here for a copy of the invitation letter sent to all candidates, and a list of the rules of the forum.

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Introduction by Donna Motta, Moderator

Question 1: Please state your name, address, and how long you have been a Somerset resident?

Question 2: Why do you feel you are the best candidate for this office?

Question 3: What are the two most important issues facing Somerset and how would you plan to deal with each of them?

Question 4: What specific skills and experience will you bring to the Board of Selectmen??

Question 5: Name two things you would like to see the town do differently?

Question 6: As an incumbent, what has been your biggest accomplishment as a selectman?

Question 7: There has been a lot of utility work done on our streets recently. Many of these streets have been newly resurfaced. What is your solution to resurface the roads once the utility work is complete, and where would the Town obtain the money to do the resurfacing?

Question 8: The regular building maintenance is an ongoing problem, with many town owned properties needing major upgrades and repairs. Given the current fiscal situation, what would be your solution be to improve the condition of these buildings and grounds, and where would the Town obtain the money to do this work?

Question 9: Assuming the town has as much information as it is going to have prior to voting on regionalization with Berkley for grades 9 through 12, how will you lead our town and encourage people to vote on this important decision?

Question 10: Regionalization aside, what are your feelings on the construction of a new high school verses the repair and modernization of the existing High School, taking into consideration the location, and cost. If you favor repair and modernization, what would be your plan to minimize the impact of this work on the students and staff?

Question 11: In closing, what else would you like to say to the voters and residents of Somerset?

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