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While there are typically many candidate forums and debates around the city prior to election day, the forum co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters Newton and NewTV is arguably the most important, given that it’s not only shown on NewTV many times but because NewTV makes it available to Village 14 and anyone else who wants to share it.

So it struck me as both puzzling and shortsighted when the LWVN announced last night that two candidates in contested races — Cyrus Vaghar, running for Ward 2 School Committee, and Allan Ciccone Sr., running for Ward 1 Ward Alderman — both declined invitations to participate.

The League says both Alison Leary (Ward 1 Ward Alderman) and Margaret Albright (Ward 2 School Committee) were willing to participate but because LWVN policy prohibits having “empty seat” candidates’ events, there will be no Candidates’ Forums for Ward 1 Ward Alderman and Ward 2 School Committee.

It’s hard to imagine what Vaghar and Ciccone were thinking.

Meanwhile here’s the schedule for the forums that will happening.

October 7:     Ward 5 Aldermen-at-Large, 5:30 p.m.

October 8:     Ward 5 School Committee, 6:00 p.m.

                        Ward 3 Aldermen-at-Large, 7:00 p.m.

                        Ward 2 Aldermen-at-Large, 8:00 p.m.

October 22:   Ward 8 Aldermen-at-Large, 7 p.m.

Send your questions for the candidates to [email protected] The LWVN asks that they be relevant to all the candidates in a particular race and be as short as possible.

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