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Lee Scott Laugenour,
candidate for 4th Berkshire District State Representative, is
in support of all the ballot initiatives and policy questions
that will appear on his November 6 ballot.
“I will express
support on these questions when I cast my votes in November.
I will debate my opponent on these questions if our positions
are materially different and if it helps to educate voters about
whom they choose to be their State Representative after the
incumbent's current term expires.”
Voters' Guide was published recently, providing information
on the first three of the five ballot questions on which most
voters in the 4th Berkshire District will weigh in this year.
The Commonwealth does not provide a voters' guide on the two
ballot initiatives that are not offered state wide.
In Lenox, where Laugenour
votes, and in most other 4th Berkshire District towns except
for Great Barrington, Russell, and Tolland, question four will
be a policy question, The Democracy Amendment Question, where
a YES vote is an appeal to repeal corporate personhood and reverse
the Supreme Court decision that further opened the flooding
of corporate money into policy-making and politics. Question
five is another policy question called “Budget For All,”
for which a YES vote is an appeal for fair taxes and better
additional binding question that will appear in Great Barrington
will push the Democracy Amendment Question and the Budget For
All question to numbers five and six respectively on that town's
ballot. Laugenour is taking no position on the question, which
is being posed only to Great Barrington voters.
In Russell and in
Tolland there will be only four questions on the ballot. The
fourth question for voters in these two towns is the Budget
For All question. The Democracy Amendment petition was circulated
in the Berkshire Hampshire Franklin and Hampden State Senatorial
district, which does not include Russell and Tolland.
took an active role in the successful effort to collect signatures
in late spring for questions four and five. This was done in
partnership with Common Cause and the Massachusetts Peace Network
respectively, as was announced and further discussed in a press
release dated June 12, 2012.
like me have now received the voters' guide. Several public
figures and pundits are beginning to weigh in with endorsements,
some of which are reported in the press,” Laugenour said.
“Candidates, too, should make public how they have and
Noting that for question
one the legislature, petitioners, and opponents of the question
have reached a compromise that has already been adopted, a YES
vote is not necessary to advance that reform. Laugenour will
leave that question blank. The compromise came about too late
for the question to be removed from the ballot.
In 2011 Laugenour
was part of a group of eight Lenox Green-Rainbow Party voters
who assembled a candidate questionnaire for the four Select
Board candidates in that year's town election in May. The questionnaire
asked each candidate to reveal how he or she had responded to
a late 2010 survey given to citizens about which departments'
budgets should be cut if the town budget could not be balanced
against revenues. It also asked each candidate how he or she
had voted on the four ballot questions that had appeared on
the November 2010 budget. “When one of the 2011 Select
Board candidates, in refusing to respond to the questionnaire,
told us it was very 'unfair and inappropriate' to ask such questions
it reinforced my resolve to work towards elevating the standard
for transparency and openness that voters come to expect of
candidates seeking their votes. Needless to say, I did not cast
my 2011 town election vote for that candidate. The questions
we asked were fair.”
Laugenour publicly responds to all candidate questionnaires
that he receives from advocacy and interest groups that engage
in voter education. These can be viewed online.
Party candidate also makes public the votes that he casts by
voice, by raising of hand, and by paper ballot at town meetings.
More statements and
examples of transparency can be found on the web
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