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Mayor Galvin Officially Puts Out Candidate Debate Challenge

Mayor Galvin is asking for Woburn residents to bring questions for the candidates to the debate.

Mayor Scott Galvin has officially called upon the two challengers to meet for a debate in the lead-up to the Sept. 17 primary. 

Galvin had previously challenged candidate John Flaherty to a series of three debates in mid July. 

Flaherty accepted and posted his acceptance in the comments section on Woburn Patch

"This morning I spoke with Mayor Galvin personally to accept his invitation to a debate," Flaherty said. "The details will be worked out in the next few weeks. I look forward to an open and honest debate with Mayor Galvin and Mayoral Candidate Patrick Natale. This debate is a great opportunity for all the candidates to express their views to all the residents of the city of Woburn. Thank you." 

This week Galvin set out an official call for a debate to Flaherty and candidate Patrick Natale. Galvin suggested the debate be held starting at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 9 in the Woburn Memorial High School auditorium. 

"The purpose of this debate is to provide the citizens of Woburn an opportunity to ask questions in an open, transparent public venue to determine the candidates' positions on various issue," Galvin said in a note about the debate. 

Galvin said the moderator would be David Frank, a managing editor of Massachusetts Lawyer's Weekly. Galvin said he will be a "neutral voice" in the debate. 

Galvin also invited Woburn residents to come with questions and said there would be an opportunity to ask them following the moderator's questions.   

Ed Smith August 01, 2013 at 08:57 PM
This is great news. I'm really looking forward to it.
charles August 02, 2013 at 06:45 AM
My way or the highway. It appears that the mayor is dictating what he wants without any imput from the other two candidates. Can't we all work together?
Mary Thomas August 02, 2013 at 11:08 AM
The article reads " set out an official call" I think the author meant "sent out" but i feel it is the true meaning of the article. In typical a Galvinestic move, he does not call the other candidates but instead says he has the date, place, time and moderator and proceeds to pretend that this is ok with the other two mayoral candidates. What he is doing is dictate the date, time, place and has the audacity to pick the moderator, who is another attorney, with no input from the other candidates. Just a tad on the one sidedness Mr. Galvin...don't you think
Ed Smith August 02, 2013 at 03:37 PM
If Mr. Galvin took the initiative to get this scheduled, then what's the problem? I'm afraid if someone didn't take the lead on this, it might not happen. Since he is the mayor, wouldn't everyone expect him to set this up? I see that he "suggested" the date, time, and place. Also, Mr. Flaherty said that the details will be worked out in the coming weeks. It doesn't look like anything is necessarily set in stone. I wouldn't get too hung up over a possible typo on the article. There isn't a post here that doesn't have misspellings or incorrect grammar (including my own probably). :) It would also be nice if anyone commenting on this article would focus on the topic, and not use it for a negative rant. If you do have to go off topic, then try posting something positive about the other candidates. Why not tell everyone why we should vote for someone, instead of why we shouldn't vote for someone else. In business, you never should tell a customer why they shouldn't shop with a competitor. You should always tell them why they should shop with you. Let's get the good information out there, not just the negative information.
Pat August 03, 2013 at 12:17 AM
Ed not in the history of debates ( that I can recall) has a candidate run the debate. A locale business association or a group such a the league of women voter run a debate so that all parties are treated fairly. No one candidate should run the show. It just doesn't pass the smell test.

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