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: