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State auditor debate before freestyle boogie Saturday


Staff Report
Friday, October 26, 2018

GREENFIELD – Two of the lesser-known candidates for state auditor in the Nov. 6 election will have a debate at the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew on Saturday.

Jed Stamas of the Green-Rainbow Party of Massachusetts and Daniel Fishman of the Libertarian Party of Massachusetts have accepted invitations from Dance Spree, which organizes Greenfield Greendance, and will debate the issues from 5 to 6 p.m. before the regular dance event.

Jasper Lapienski, the de facto director of Dance Spree, said Stamas regularly attends the weekly freestyle boogies.

State Auditor Suzanne Bump, a Democrat, is running for re-election. Her main opponent is Republican challenger Helen Brady. Lapienski said he has invited Bump and Brady to the debate, but has not heard back from them. He said the invitation is still open.

Lapienski said he is helping organize the event because “it doesn’t make sense to not have a debate just because one candidate (Bump) is very likely to win.”

He said Jeff Napolitano, executive director of The Resistance Center For Peace and Justice in Northampton, will be the debate’s moderator.