On Wednesday, August 5, candidates for the 4th District congressional seat participated in a forum hosted by five local Leagues of Women Voters (Brookline , Needham, Newton, Sharon-Stoughton, and Wellesley).
LWVN and NewTV have finished taping Candidates’ Forums for all the City Council races, including a second round with the Ward 5 Ward candidates. We chose to include write-in candidate Rena Getz with the winners of the preliminary election, Bill Humphrey and Kathy Winters, as she met League criteria used in the 2017 Ward 4 Ward Councilor election. Look for the programs to all be released over the next couple of weeks!
We did not record any forums for the School Committee races, as one candidate in each race declined to participate. League rules do not allow for ’empty chair’ forums with only one candidate. The candidates who were willing to participate were Tamika Olszewski in Ward 4, Emily Prenner in Ward 5 and Ruth Goldman in Ward 6. Those who chose not to participate or who did not respond to a phone call and multiple emails were Alex Koifman in Ward 4, Lev Agranovich in Ward 5, and Galina Rosenblit in Ward 6.
LWVN will be producing an online Voters Guide in October, so be sure to check the website lwvnewton.org. NewTV has produced Candidate Messages, 3-minute messages which all candidated were invited to create, available in October at NewTV.org/Decision2019
Regarding the School Committee races, we are still hoping to schedule the Ward 5 candidates, but have not yet received confirmation from one of the candidates. There will be no Ward 4 School Committee forum, as we could not get confirmation from Alex Koifman, though Tamika Olszewski had planned to attend. There will also no be a Ward 6 School Committee forum, as candidate Galina Rosenblit has chosen not to participate in a forum, though Ruth Goldman had planned to attend.
Please note that the tapings of the forums are not open to the public, though all are encouraged to view the programs on NewTV or online as they become available. We also encourage you to send us your questions using the form available on the lwvnewton.org site, at Questions for Candidates 2019.