In today's Herald News there's a news story where mayoral candidate Eric Poulin is calling for more candidate debates.
All the candidates interviewed seem more than willing to debate and let their views be heard and contrasted against their opponents. The story goes on to detail efforts between the Herald News and WSAR to hold four candidate forums, two before the preliminary election and two after.
Lefty's view: Considering the number of candidates (seven) and the number of issues that currently face our city, two debates before the preliminary election is just not enough. If the candidates are as willing to debate as they seem to be, I say let them debate! As many debates as can reasonably be squeezed into the time before the preliminary election. Let's take the opportunity to learn something about these candidates! After twelve years with Ed Lambert as mayor I need some assurances that his replacement will be up to the task and these candidates deserve the chance to express their views before five of them are eliminated! The more debates that we have the more chance that someone will step into the voting booth and make an educated choice and not one based on name recognition, longevity or who has the most signs. Don't we deserve that?
**BRAVO to Candidate Eric Poulin for making the first Mayoral debate available on his website! In doing so Eric is putting the voters ahead of his own campaign. I for one was unable to attend the debate, but look forward to being able to watch it. Thanks Eric!