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Republican Sean Bielat  and Democrat Joe Kennedy will meet in a League of Woman Voters  “forum’ moderated by “an experienced League member from outside of the district”  on Oct. 15 from 7:30 t0 9 p.m. at  Wellesley College Alumnae Hall, 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA.

Here’s the LWV press release...

After 31 years, Rep. Barney Frank, a force in Congress, is retiring.  Now there is a race for this open seat in the redrawn 4th District.  Who will be the next Congressman?  What will his priorities be for the nation and the District?  How do these candidates measure up?

Local League of Women Voters chapters in the District have banded together to give voters a first-hand look at the candidates.   On Monday, October 15, 2012, the League will sponsor a candidates’ forum for the candidates for the 4th Congressional District, at Alumnae Hall, Wellesley College, 106 Central Street, Wellesley, from 7:30 – 9:00 PM.

Eva Valentine, President of the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts said, “The League is excited to sponsor a debate for this open seat during such a critical election year.  No organization is more qualified than the League to present a nonpartisan debate focused on issues.  It is the League that made debates a staple of the election season.  Our goal is simple.  We want voters to go the polls informed, and there is no better way to do that than by hearing directly from the candidates.”

The participating candidates are Sean Bielat, Republican, and Joe Kennedy, Democrat.  An experienced League member from outside of the district will moderate the debate.  Candidates will answer the audience’s written and oral questions. Instead of ads and sound bites, the candidates will address the issues on everyone’s mind: foreign policy, health care, the economy, jobs, taxes, and more.

“According to Wellesley College President H. Kim Bottomly, “A lively exchange of ideas and opinions—even ones you may not agree with—is central to the Wellesley experience,“ said Bottomly. “We are pleased to join with the League to offer the candidates the opportunity to voice their positions on the important issues of the day.”

“We hope people will accept our open invitation to this candidates’ forum on October 15,” stated Valentine.  “This election will impact the future of the communities who make up the 4th District.”

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