Bedford town and school candidates appear on ‘Tell It Like It Is’

The host and production staff of “Tell It Like It Is” were busy and the show’s set was jumping from Feb. 18-19. Eleven shows were taped over the two-day period that featured the candidates for this year’s Bedford Town Election that will take place on Tuesday, March 11.

On the shows, host Kathy Benuck interviewed Town Council candidates attorney Chris Bandazian, who is seeking re-election and is the current council chairman, as well as Jim Aguiar and Matt Philips. Two of the three will fill the open council seats.

School Board candidates who were interviewed for two open seats were incumbent School Board member Bill Foote, Aaron Day, Jen DeAngelis and Bill Kassler. Also interviewed were attorney Brian Shaughnessy, who is seeking re-election as town moderator, and his challenger Barbara Chagnon. Rounding out the interview shows were incumbent Town Clerk Lori Radke and her challenger, Diane O’Neil.

Candidates in the same races were asked the same questions. Council topics included the $30 million road bond proposal, the proposed additional fire substation, police department staffing, town charter review and if beano gambling is passed by state legislators, whether or not beano should be allowed in Bedford’s restaurants and bars.

Questions to School Board candidates included queries on school taxes and the school budget, Common Core, scholarship programs, International Baccalaureate and expanding the use of technology by Bedford students.

Candidates for moderator were asked about voter fraud, absentee balloting, same-day registration, the Bedford election process and integrity of elected officials.

Town clerk candidates were asked about the duties of the office, the town clerk’s relationship with the Town Council and with town departments, the clerk’s role in the selection process, and the controversy related to a previous Town Council reducing the salary of the town clerk.

Neither council candidate David Coles nor town clerk candidate Courtney Hodgdon responded to any interview show invitations.

The shows will begin airing on BCTV beginning today, Friday, Feb. 28 and will run through to Thursday, March 6. They can also be viewed by going to the show’s website at

On the top toolbar, click on Issues, then click on Most Recent Shows. The shows will be permanently archived on the Bedford Candidates page, which can be found directly below Issues on the top toolbar.