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October 8, 2013

Slate set for Times campaign debates

Readers encouraged to submit questions for candidates

A total of 23 city election candidates in five different Gloucester city election races will face your questions regarding city and school issues next week when the Gloucester Daily Times hosts a series of free public debates at the Gloucester Stage Company’s Gorton’s Theatre.

The schedule, firmed up over the weekend and announced today by Times Editor Ray Lamont, calls for the candidates for mayor, the Ward 2 and 5 city council seats, the councilor-at-large race and the contest for School Committee to discuss and debate the issues next Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 16 and 17, on the East Gloucester’s theater’s intimate stage.

While all of the debates will be free and open to the public, Lamont emphasized that Gloucester residents can take on a larger role than simply sitting in the audience. As in past years, all of the questions posed in the debates will be based on questions submitted through the Times, with a deadline set for a week from today at noon.

All questions must be asked in a manner that will allow them to be answered by both or all of the candidates, with no question targeting any specific candidate.

Anyone with questions for the candidates — in any of the races — should be emailed directly to Lamont at: rlamont@gloucestertimes.com, or may be sent via mail to Lamont, care of the Gloucester Daily Times, 36 Whittemore St., Gloucester MA 01930, or brought to the Times offices at the same address. All questions should specify which race the question is referring to. School questions, for example, can be directed to School Committee candidates, the mayoral candidates, or both.

“We’ve always thought it’s important to give residents the chance to have direct input and pose questions to the candidates who are asking for their votes,” said Lamont, who will once again serve as moderator for all of the debates. “And this format does precisely that.”

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