Lasell Hosts Candidate Forum
October 21, 2010
In preparation for next month's election, Lasell College hosted a marathon candidate forum on Sunday afternoon October 17 in de Witt Hall. The forum was co-sponsored and organized by the College's Center for Community Based Learning, the Newton League of Women Voters and NewTV.
The debate for the 10th Congressional District between Congressman Barney Frank and challengers Sean Bielat, Susan Allen and Donald M. Jordan drew the largest crowd. The four debated the issues for about an hour and a half. Jim Ostrow, the College's Vice President for Academic Affairs, gave a welcome and introduction before the forum began.
The debates included:
3:00 pm - Candidates for Secretary of the Commonwealth: William Francis Galvin (D), William C. Campbell (R), and James D. Henderson (unenrolled).
4:00 pm - Candidates for State Representative from the 10th Middlesex District: Peter J. Koutoujian (D) and James E. Dixon (R).
5:00 pm - 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 pm - Candidates for State Auditor: Suzanne M. Bump (D), Mary Z. Connaughton (R), Nathanael Alexander Fortune (Green-Rainbow).
7:45 pm- Candidates for State Treasurer: Steven Grossman (D) and Karyn E. Polito (R).
Debates between candidates for the Sheriff of Middlesex County and candidates for Attorney General were cancelled.
The moderators for the forum were members of the League. Candidates answered questions submitted in writing by members of the audience.