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LWV, library, Telegraph to host BOE forum By THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS Guest Columnists Everyone’s talking about the 2020 elections, and rightly so. But 2019 is an election year, too. All municipal offices in Nashua are elected on odd-numbered years, and this year’s general election is on Nov. 5. The mayor is running for re-election unopposed, but there is an abundance of contested races – Board of Education and Board of Aldermen all the way down to ward offices. The outcomes of those races will play a large part in shaping our city for years to come. We all have a stake in local elections. In many ways, they can affect our lives even more than state or federal elections. The winners make decisions about your children’s schools and how your property taxes are used. You also will be choosing the people who run all our elections in Nashua and are responsible for making sure that election laws are followed and that every eligible voter is able to vote. But it can often be hard to find much information about candidates running for municipal offices. Luckily, this year there are two easy ways to learn about who will be on your ballot and what they stand for. First, a Board of Education Candidate Forum will be hosted by the League of Women Voters at 7 p.m. on Oct. 30 at the Nashua Public Library, co-sponsored by the library and The Telegraph. This is a hotly contested race, and the Board of Education has a huge effect on the lives of all of our Nashua children. We’re thrilled to provide you with the opportunity to hear the candidates speak about their beliefs and goals regarding public education and the issues facing the Nashua schools. You’ll also have a chance to submit your own question for the candidates. We also are excited to announce that Nashua is participating in the League of Women Voters’ non-partisan VOTE411.org Online Voter Guide. Just go to http://www.VOTE411.org, click “Find What’s on Your Ballot,” and enter your address to see a list of all the races and candidates on your ballot as well as candidates’ descriptions of their priorities, experience and more in their own words. Not sure which ward you live in? VOTE411.org makes it easy: enter your address, you’ll see the candidate line-up that will be on your ballot on Election Day. All the candidates at all levels have been invited to participate, and even some of the candidates in uncontested races have graciously submitted answers, so make sure you check out the site to learn more about the people who will be representing you. If you’d like to help protect your voting rights and educate your fellow citizens, we invite you to join the League of Women Voters – a non-partisan group heading into our 100th year. We meet on the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Nashua Public Library. All are welcome. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact us at lwvgreaternashua@gmail.com.

Everyone’s talking about the 2020 elections, and rightly so. But 2019 is an election year, too. All municipal offices in Nashua are elected on odd-numbered years, and this year’s general election is on Nov. 5. The mayor is running for re-election unopposed, but there is an abundance of contested races – Board of Education and Board of Aldermen all the way down to ward offices. The outcomes of those races will play a large part in shaping our city for years to come.

We all have a stake in local elections. In many ways, they can affect our lives even more than state or federal elections. The winners make decisions about your children’s schools and how your property taxes are used. You also will be choosing the people who run all our elections in Nashua and are responsible for making sure that election laws are followed and that every eligible voter is able to vote.

But it can often be hard to find much information about candidates running for municipal offices. Luckily, this year there are two easy ways to learn about who will be on your ballot and what they stand for.

First, a Board of Education Candidate Forum will be hosted by the League of Women Voters at 7 p.m. on Oct. 30 at the Nashua Public Library, co-sponsored by the library and The Telegraph. This is a hotly contested race, and the Board of Education has a huge effect on the lives of all of our Nashua children. We’re thrilled to provide you with the opportunity to hear the candidates speak about their beliefs and goals regarding public education and the issues facing the Nashua schools. You’ll also have a chance to submit your own question for the candidates.

We also are excited to announce that Nashua is participating in the League of Women Voters’ non-partisan VOTE411.org Online Voter Guide. Just go to http://www.VOTE411.org, click “Find What’s on Your Ballot,” and enter your address to see a list of all the races and candidates on your ballot as well as candidates’ descriptions of their priorities, experience and more in their own words. Not sure which ward you live in? VOTE411.org makes it easy: enter your address, you’ll see the candidate line-up that will be on your ballot on Election Day. All the candidates at all levels have been invited to participate, and even some of the candidates in uncontested races have graciously submitted answers, so make sure you check out the site to learn more about the people who will be representing you.

If you’d like to help protect your voting rights and educate your fellow citizens, we invite you to join the League of Women Voters – a non-partisan group heading into our 100th year. We meet on the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Nashua Public Library. All are welcome. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact us at lwvgreaternashua@gmail.com.