Video: Ward 7 City Council Candidates Debate, 10/30/09

Here is a complete video of the 10/30/09 debate between Northampton Ward 7 City Council candidates Gene Tacy and Deborah Jacobs. This debate took place at the Florence Civic Center. The recording is 34 minutes long and was made by Lachlan Ziegler.

See also:

Gazette: “Ward 7 contest brings out longtime city activists” (10/26/09)
Jacobs supports the city’s Best Practices manual and believes the council should implement as many recommendations as the city can afford…

Jacobs is hesitant to take a position on the landfill, over concerns that she might have to recuse herself from voting at a later date. No matter what decision is made, recycling numbers have to go up, she said. As for the budget, she would keep a careful eye on expenditures….

Tacy’s decision to run for office boils down to two council decisions – allowing the development of a downtown hotel and the creation of the business improvement district. Tacy believes both decisions are not in the city’s best interest, and argues that the process by which they were approved was flawed…

Tacy is against the possible expansion of the Glendale Road landfill, citing environmental and health risks to future generations. Whether or not the landfill closes, Tacy said he will push for better city recycling and the exploration of curbside pickup.

Northampton Media: A Video Interview with Deb Jacobs (9/8/09)