As the city elections in New Bedford are coming into season, across the bridge in Fairhaven, a hotly contested recall election for select board is in its final stretch. This past spring, a group named "Recall Freitas" launched a successful campaign to trigger the recall election for the select board seat currently occupied by Chairman Dan Freitas.

Three candidates have emerged to replace Selectman Freitas: Leon Correy of the Fairhaven Sustainability Committee, Cameron Durant of the Fairhaven Board of Publics Works Commissioners, and Stasia Powers of the Fairhaven School Committee. Each candidate has their own experiences and ideas on how to move the town forward.

As a lifelong resident of Fairhaven and an elected official myself, I've been covering this race regularly on-air and wanted to use my show as a platform for the candidates to discuss the local issues and speak with their constituents ahead of the July 26 election, so I invited all three candidates in studio for a WBSM Citizens' Forum.

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The candidates discussed the controversial financing of the Fairhaven High School turf field project, the reuse of the Rogers School, the soon-to-be formed Charter Commission, the town's flag policy and other issues they thought were important. They also took calls from the audience.

It was a great forum, and I'm grateful for the candidates' participation in it. In case you missed the forum, or want to listen to it again, it's segmented and available here for your listening convenience. And don't forget to vote on July 26.

Candidate Introductions, and Financing of the Fairhaven High Turf Field: 

Rogers School Reuse & Charter Commission:

Biggest Issues Facing Fairhaven & Town Administrator Search:

Calls, Part 1:

Calls, Part 2:

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