The ACLU of Massachusetts' “Know Your Sheriff” campaign, a statewide public education initiative, will host a Berkshire County sheriff candidate forum at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, via Zoom. Incumbent Sheriff Thomas Bowler and candidate Alfred "Alf" Barbalunga are slated to participate.

Additional participants include Javier Luengo-Garrido, organizing strategist and community advocate, ACLU of Massachusetts, and Helen Moon, moderator and Political Action Committee chairperson, NAACP Berkshires.

The forum is a collaboration of ACLU of Massachusetts, NAACP Berkshire County Branch and the League of Women Voters. Those who are not NAACP members can attend by emailing a request to​​.

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Community News Editor / Librarian

Jeannie Maschino is community news editor and librarian for The Berkshire Eagle. She has worked for the newspaper in various capacities since 1982 and joined the newsroom in 1989.