Video: Mayoral Candidates Debate at Smith College

This is a YouTube video of the complete debate held 10/17/11 between Northampton candidates for mayor Michael Bardsley and David Narkewicz. It was sponsored by the Smith College Government Department, the Smith Democrats, the Smith Republicans Club, and Ward 4 Northampton. Government professor Howard Gold moderated. This recording was made by Emily Odgers.

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NCTV Election Coverage

MassLive: “Northampton mayoral debate grows testy” (10/17/11)
“The working middle class is feeling increasingly alienated, ignored and dismissed,” [Bardsley] said, comparing the situation to the union-busting in Wisconsin and the discontent in the Occupy Wall Street movement. “I’m concerned that this community is heading towards being an elitist community.”

Narkewicz used his opening remarks to recount his resume as a child of a working-class family who enlisted in the Air Force and earned his political stripes as a congressional aide. He became more aggressive as the debate wore on, however, positioning himself as the positive candidate who will bring people together.