The LiberalOasis Radio Show was broadcast Saturday at 12 noon on WHMP in Western MA. This week's show previews Tuesday's Northampton, MA mayoral debate (for which I'll serve as a panelist). Joining me to analyze what Mayor Mary Clare Higgins and Councilor Michael Bardsley need to accomplish is the host of the WHMP Morning News Chris Collins.
Even if you are not from Northampton, the mayor's race is a very interesting story. It's one of the only, if not the only, mayor's race in history pitting two gay candidates against each other. Higgins is one of many long-time incumbents threatened in what appears to be a continuing national anti-incumbent wave. And the contested issues highlight the tensions liberal-leaning towns face trying to match long-range progressive vision with day-to-day governing.