By Kaitlin Servant
Citizen Chronicle Writer
SOUTHBRIDGE – On Thursday night candidates running for Town Council and School Committee will have the opportunity to participate in a round-robin style debate. The event will be moderated by local personality Rich Merrill and is sponsored jointly by the Democratic and Republican Town Committees.
“In a time when American politics are so polarized,” says Republican Committee Secretary Bob Chernisky, “our two committees are proud that we can come together and host these debates each year. We believe they have been quite valuable in allowing voters to get a good look at candidates before going to the polls.”
There are two candidates running unopposed for two School Committee seats. They will not debate but will kick off the event with short introductions and their hopes for the coming year.
As previously reported by The Citizen Chronicle, there are ten candidates running for four Town Council seats. Seven are running for three 3-year seats and three are running for a single 1-year seat vacated by Wally MacKenzie in January. The Citizen Chronicle recently published profiles of each of the candidates. Those profiles are linked below.
Democratic Committee Chair Jacquelyn Ryan is looking forward to the debate. “I am always proud of the effort put in by both our political town committees to make this annual debate happen,” she said, adding “I look forward to getting to know the candidates further on the issues and personally wish them all the best of luck.”
The event will take place Thursday, May 31 in Town Council Chambers, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The debate will be broadcast live via Cable Access, then re-broadcast frequently in the days prior to the June 12th election.
Previously published candidate profiles:
- David Adams, candidate for three-year term
- Kristen Auclair, candidate for three-year term
- Esteban Carrasco, Jr., candidate for one-year term
- Joseph Cotrona, candidate for three-year term
- John Daniel, candidate for three-year term
- Jack Jovan, candidate for one-year term
- Scott Lazo, candidate for three-year term
- Mike Marketti, candidate for three-year term
- John Pulawski, candidate for one-year term
- David Smick, candidate for three-year term