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October 13, 2012

Talk of the Times: Calling all questions for Chamber debate

The three candidates in one of the nation’s most hotly-contested congressional election races will be holding the last of their three full-fledged debates in Gloucester later this month. And you can have a role in determining the questions they will face.

The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce is hosting the debate matching Democratic Congressman John Tierney, Republican challenger and former state senator Richard Tisei and Beverly Libertarian Daniel Fishman on Friday morning, Oct. 26, at Cruiseport, with doors opening at 7 a.m., breakfast set for 7:30, and the projected 90-minute debate beginning at 8 a.m.

Chamber officials are now encouraging residents to submit potential questions and issues they’d like to see raised in the debate to Chamber CEO Robert Heidt, through robert@capeannchamber.com.

Rockport Town Moderator Bob Visnick will serve as moderator for this event, and the questions will be posed at the debate by a panel of three, including Times Editor Ray Lamont, with no questions to be taken from the floor. The panel, however, will be posing questions based on residents’ submissions sent to the Chamber.

The event is open to the public, with tickets available for $30 in advance and $35 at the door, said Chamber senior vice-president Peter Webber. Anyone seeking tickets for the breakfast and debate should contact Heidt at robert@capeannchamber.com or call the Chamber at 978-283-1601.

City man leads Dukakis event

Speaking of debates and the political season, a Gloucester resident has coordinated and will be leading a panel discussion Monday night featuring former governor and 1988 presidential candidate Michael S. Dukakis.

Mark Zaitchik, who lives in Gloucester and is a professor of Communications at Salem State University, will lead a panel discussion titled “Election 2012: Fact, Fiction and Public Opinion” Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Veterans Hall in the Ellison Campus Center on Salem State’s North Campus. And the panel will indeed feature Dukakis, Democratic political consultant Michael Goldman, political journalist and TV commentator Keli Goff, and Jennifer Nassour, a former chairwoman of the Massachusetts Republican Party.

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