In this episode of Conversations About Town Meeting, Carol Gray speaks with longtime Town Meeting member, Russ Vernon Jones, and then Town Meeting candidate, Caitlin Cullen.
Drawing its name from Isaac Ben Ezra’s long-running Conversations program, Conversations about Town Meeting, hosted by Carol Gray, is a series of discussions about the value and history of Town Meeting. Amherst’s venerable Town Meeting tradition began on March 19, 1759, after the town of Amherst became independent of Hadley. Dea Ebezr Dickinson was its first moderator. Since then, Amherst has convened Town Meeting every year to conduct vital town business such as creating and changing bylaws, and voting the annual budget. Town Meeting works in conjunction with the five-person, elected Select Board which handles day-to-day business year-round and oversees the town manager. This program will feature many different people who serve in town meeting or who have brought important community issues to Town Meeting.