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NAACP, Berkshire County Branch to host Berkshire County Sheriff and District Attorney Debates

Co-Sponsors League of Women Voters of Central Berkshire County and Williamstown, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts
August 15, 2022

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PITTSFIELD — The NAACP, Berkshire County Branch, will host two online debates featuring Berkshire County District Attorney and Sheriff candidates with co-sponsors League of Women Voters of Central Berkshire County, and Williamstown, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts (ACLUM) on Monday, August 29 from 6 – 9 pm. via Zoom. 

The evening will begin with the Berkshire County Sheriff debate between incumbent Sheriff Thomas Bowler and challenger Alf Barbalunga from 6 pm – 7:30 pm. The evening will continue with a debate from 7:30 – 9 pm with candidates for Berkshire County District Attorney with incumbent District Attorney Andrea Harrington and challenger Timothy Shugrue.

Both debates will be moderated by Dr. Leticia Haynes, Vice President for Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Williams College.

“Holding debates by nonpartisan organizations like the NAACP Berkshire County Branch, League of Women Voters, and American Civil Liberties Union, Massachusetts (ACLUM) allows voters to be able to hear the differences in candidates’ opinions and approaches to things that affect our community. The hosts have rescheduled this debate to work around the candidates’ schedules so we’re asking them all to make the commitment to show up and allow voters to have the most information before they cast their vote”, Dennis Powell, President of the NAACP, Berkshire County Branch.

This event is free and open to the public but you must register for the Zoom link here. For more information, visit

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