GROTON — The Groton Democratic Town Committee will host a candidates’ night on May 4 at 7 p.m. on Zoom featuring candidates in the contested Select Board race.
Former Select Board member Peter Cunningham and newcomers Craig Bennett and Vikram Narayan are all vying for one, three-year term on the Select Board. Incumbent member John Giger is not a candidate for re-election.
Groton Democratic Town Committee Chair Jennifer Mieth said that all three candidates are expected to participate in the event.
The town of Groton has provided access to their Zoom account for the event and attendees can login using the meeting ID 883 7121 5849.
Retired town meeting moderator Robert Gosselin will reprise his role for the night. Questions will be posed in a way that gives each candidate an opportunity to respond. Attendees are encouraged to use the Zoom Q&A feature to ask questions that are answerable by each candidate.
Following the Select Board portion of the program, candidates in this year’s other races, all of which are uncontested, will have a brief opportunity to introduce themselves to viewers.
This year’s ballot also includes seats on the Groton-Dunstable Regional School Committee. Fay Raynor and Brian LeBlanc are seeking re-election to their two seats that carry three-year terms.
Also on this year’s ballot are town clerk, moderator, seats on the Board of Assessors, Board of Health, Commission of Trust Funds, Electric Light Commission, Planning Board, Sewer Commission, Trustees of Groton Public Library, and Groton Housing Authority.
Voters will also decide a proposition 2 ½ debt exclusion ballot question that would allow for the construction of a new elementary school at 342 Main St. Passage is also dependent on the passage of town meeting article 8 on May 1.
Although the event will take place over Zoom, the hope is to maintain the format of years when the event was held in person. A short biography of the candidates will be read and they will have a chance to deliver an opening statement before questions begin.
Mieth said that candidate’s night is a longstanding tradition that began with the League of Women Voters and later became sponsored by both the Democratic and Republican town committees. Although this year’s event is sponsored by the Democrats, the hope is that it will continue to be a joint venture in the future.
For those unable to attend via Zoom, the event will also air on the Groton Government Channel, and be shared on the online video platform Vimeo afterward.
Voting in the town election will take place on May 25 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at The Groton Center for precinct one and Groton Dunstable Middle School North for precincts two and three.