Stonehill's Martin Institute to Host Easton Selectman's Forum on April 5th

April 1, 2016

The Martin Institute for Law and Society at Stonehill College will sponsor and host the 4-way race for two seats on the Easton Board of Selectman on Tuesday, April 5th at 7 p.m.  All four candidates—incumbents Dottie Fulginiti and Dan Smith, and challengers David Mills and Jason Parks—are expected to participate, and the event will be taped for rebroadcast on Easton Community Access Television. The event is open to the public, though no questions will be taken from the audience at the event.  The public may suggest topics and questions via email at, and all questions are subject to editing. 

Stonehill College Asst. Professor of Political Science Kirk Buckman, an Easton resident, will moderate the event.  “Like most communities, Easton faces a broad range of challenges and opportunities.  I’m excited that this forum will give the candidates the chance to share their views, and the public the opportunity to learn more about those who seek to represent their interests.” 

About the Joseph W. Martin Institute for Law & Society:
The Martin Institute seeks to prepare the students of Stonehill College for leadership as active citizens in service to an improved human community. The Institute challenges students to explore the vital issues of public policy and social justice.The Martin Institute was established in memory of Joseph Martin Jr. (1884-1968), the former Speaker of the House of Representatives.

As a Congressman representing a nearby district, Speaker Martin had a close relationship with the College and received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree in 1955. Upon Speaker Martin's death in 1968, the College acquired his papers and documents.  In 1986, President Ronald Reagan signed into law legislation for the creation of an institute at Stonehill College in Martin's honor. The Institute was constructed by Stonehill in 1990 with Congressional funding.