Senator Lesser Hosts Town Hall Forum in Belchertown

BELCHERTOWN — On Tuesday night, Senator Eric P. Lesser spoke to a church in Belchertown, where he held his first of three town hall forums this month. For about two hours, Sen. Lesser took more than a dozen questions on topics including state funding for schools, increasing voter turnout and east-west rail connecting Boston to Springfield.

He also discussed the implementation of marijuana legalization approved by voters in a ballot measure in 2016, and how some of the tax revenue from marijuana sales will be dedicated to drug addiction treatment services.

“When people ask, ‘How do you make a difference?’ my answer is find ten people who don’t already agree with you and listen to what their point of view is and work to engage in a conversation,” Sen. Lesser said in response to a question on how citizens could advocate on behalf of bills they support.

“We can have differences of opinion, we can have disagreements, but I do think we all owe it to each other to keep it civil and to keep the answer moving in the general right direction,” he added at the end of the program.

Sen. Lesser met with the Belchertown School Committee and Board of Selectmen before the town hall.

The forum was held at Belchertown’s United Church of Christ. The next one is at Ludlow’s Randall Boy’s & Girl’s Club on Tuesday, Sept. 19 and the final forum will be at Springfield’s Greenleaf Community Center on Monday, Sept. 25.

Each of the events will be held at 6:30 p.m. with doors opening to the public at 6 p.m.

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