Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


February 24, 2011

Town Talk

Krit Classic set for June 5

On Sunday, June 5, 2011 the third annual Krit Classic Road Race will be held in Andover.

This 5-kiolmeter road race/walk will raise money for the Krit (Kristin) Kearins Memorial Scholarship Fund. Kearins, an Andover High graduate, died September 2008 after a tragic bicycle accident in Boston.

Elections heating up as LWV event nears

Town elections are approaching, with the deadline to register to vote coming next Wednesday, March 2, and the big day itself set for March 22 at the high school's field house.

Leading up to the event, the League of Women Voters is planning a candidates forum, where the candidates will field questions submitted by the public and talk about their positions on key issues in Andover.

All candidates for office have been invited to attend the forum, but Board of Selectmen candidate Larry Bruce initially said he would not attend, expressing concern that contributions by many of the LWV's members and their past actions in previous forums and other events showed the organization holds a liberal bias.

In an e-mail sent to Bruce and media members, LWV Vice President of Voter Service Stefani Traina challenged any claims of a liberal bias in the organization, saying that many of its members have supported particular efforts and individuals privately but that these decisions have not influenced the organization as a whole.

"The League cannot prevent or prohibit our membership from being individually politically active and supporting candidates," Traina said. "But they may never do so in the name of the League."

Bruce has since announced that he will attend the forum, saying he was convinced by his supporters to do so. The event is scheduled for Saturday, March 12 at 1:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library.

— Dustin Luca

Bruce wants Pledge before forum

In accepting the invitation to attend the League of Women Voters forum, selectmen candidate Larry Bruce did make one request.

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