Candidates Night

VOTE! Election day is Tuesday, November 5th.

The West End Neighborhood Association, NAACP New Bedford Branch and the Alfred J. Gomes Neighborhood Association are hosting

Candidates Night

Ward 4, Mayor, Councilors at Large, School Committee
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Sgt. William Carney Academy School
247 Elm St., New Bedford, MA 02740


  • LaSella Hall, President NAACP New Bedford Branch
  • Jim Philips, WBSM Radio News Director
  • Jack Spillane, Standard Times Executive News Editor


AJ Gomes Neighborhood Association, Neighborhoods United, Latino Coalition, Minority Action Committee, Old Bedford Village, Community Foundation of SEM, WBSM Radio, The Standard Times, Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Committee, Ben Rose REC, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Verdean Gardens, Cruz Management, Island Foundation, New Bedford Historic Society

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Councilor at Large

Ian Abreu, Naomi Carney, Debora Coelho, Brian K. Gomes, Linda Morad, Paul Chasse, Leo E Choquette Jr., Carlos P. Felix, Michael Janson, Lisa White

6:10 2min opening
6:30 6 question 1min answer
7:30 1min closing
7:40 End

School Committee

Christopher A. Cotter, Joaquim B. Livramento, Bruce J. Oliveira, Christopher W. Boerl, Ross M. Grace Jr

7:42 3min opening
7:57 6 question 1min answer
8:27 1min closing
8:32 End

Ward 4

Derek Baptiste, Joseph “Jo Jo” Fortes

8:34 3min opening
8:40 12 question 1min answer
9:04 3min closing
9:12 End


Jon Mitchell, Richard Tyson Moultrie

9:15 3min opening
9:21 6+ question 1min answer
9:50 3min closing
10:00 End

Gun crazy

MGM Resorts International just agreed to a $800 million settlement with victims of the October 2017 mass shooting at its Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas. Stephen Paddock killed an unimaginable 58 people one block away at street level in a crowd of 22,000 enjoying an evening of country music.

Lawyers claimed the hotel was negligent in permitting the shooter to bring in twenty bags of luggage containing weapons and ammunition to a pair of rooms on the 32nd floor.

The hotel may very well have been negligent to a degree — though it could be argued that high rollers, entertainers and their retinue often roll into town with plenty of luggage.

But — in choosing a casino with deep pockets to pay off the victims — those who might have prevented the carnage (besides the shooter) once again eluded responsibility:

  • the National Rifle Association, which fights gun control tooth and nail;
  • Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt, a friend of the NRA, who nixed state gun control legislation
  • the Nevada legislature, which has created the most lax gun registration laws in the nation
  • and, finally, the people of the benighted state of Nevada:

Mass Bail Fund looking for volunteers in Bristol County

The Mass Bail Fund is looking for additional volunteers to post bail for prisoners at the Bristol County jail. There will be a meeting in Dartmouth in November for those with time to do this important work. Posting bail is also the perfect volunteer gig for people willing to put some of their privilege to good use. Call or text me at 508-341-7481 or email David Ehrens at if you’re interested.

The Mass Bail Fund doesn’t post bail of more than $500. A substantial percentage of those in county jails have not been convicted of a crime but cannot meet even a small bail amount. Click here for more information on how the Bail Fund works — but here’s the short version. You’ll get a call at an inconvenient hour. And when you show up to bail out your client, the Bristol County Jail will make you jump through more hoops than most; you’ll have to wait, come back later, or go to a different location. You’ll front the money for the Bail Fund, drive the client off the jail premises, and get your money back from the Bail Fund in roughly a week.

Anybody is welcome to volunteer, but if you’re older, whiter and a member of a religious organization you will magically get better results for your client. You’ll be doing your part to reduce mass-incarceration right in your own community.

Consider this. The inability to post bail can make a prisoner:

  • more likely to lose their children to DSS
  • more likely to lose their job, plunging their family deeper into poverty
  • more likely to plead guilty just to get out of abusive conditions
  • more likely to receive harsher sentences because of the inability to easily access legal resources
  • more likely to be found guilty

Call or email David Ehrens to discuss attending the Bail Fund’s Dartmouth meeting in November.