Newton League of Women Voters hosts all-star cast of candidates

Wicked Local Newton

The League of Women Voters has invited candidates for statewide and local offices to participate in a series of forums on Sunday, Oct. 17. The forums will take place at Lasell College in deWitt Hall of the Winslow Academic Center, 80 A Maple St., Auburndale. Forums are free and open to the public. To ask questions, please plan to arrive 15 minutes before the forum begins to submit your written questions.

The schedule follows:

1 p.m.: Candidates for the sheriff of Middlesex County: James V. DiPaola, D, and Michael S. Tranchita, Sr., Unenrolled

2 p.m. Candidates for attorney general: Martha Coakley, D, and James P. McKenna, R.

3 p.m.: Candidates for secretary of the Commonwealth: William Francis Galvin, D, William C. Campbell, R, and James D. Henderson, Unenrolled.

4 p.m. Candidates for state representative from the 10th Middlesex District: Peter J. Koutoujian, D, and James E. Dixon, R.

5 p.m. — Candidates for U.S. Congress from the 4th District: Barney Frank, D, Sean Bielat, R, Susan F. Allen, Independent, and Donald M. Jordan, Tax Revolt Independent.

6:45 p.m. — Candidates for state auditor: Suzanne M. Bump (D), Mary Z. Connaughton (R), Nathanael Alexander Fortune, Green-Rainbow.

7:45 p.m.– Candidates for state treasurer: Steven Grossman, D, and Karyn E. Polito, R.

Members of the League of Women Voters will moderate the forums. The candidates will answer questions submitted in writing by the audience. The candidates will also make brief opening and closing statements.

The League of Women Voters of Newton is sponsoring these forums in conjunction with the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts and the neighboring Leagues.

For more information on the state and local Leagues, see and Membership is open to all.

The forums will be videotaped by NewTV and shown in their entirety on the local access channels in Newton and other cities and towns. The forums will be cablecast until the election. For the playback schedule, visit and They will also be available to other local access centers.

Primary Election Sept. 14

Voters Guide for the Sept. 14 Primary Elections

List of websites for candidates in the Primary Elections (pdf)

Primary Election, September 2009

Newton held a run-off election (called a preliminary) on September 15, where voters narrowed the field in the two races that feature more than two candidates for a given position. In this election, two races had a surfeit of candidates: Mayor and Ward 8 School representative (remember: ALL NEWTON VOTERS vote for all school committee positions).

As a service to voters, the LWVN prepared a Voters Guide featuring preliminary candidates’ answers to our questionnaire.

In addition, LWVN and NewTV sponsored debates in all of the preliminary races. Our video of the Mayoral Debate is available online.

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