Sustainable Watertown announced that it will be sponsoring its first series of candidate forums for Town Council Candidates on Oct. 18 and 19. The forums will focus on issues that fall within Sustainable Watertown’s mission, such as development, environmental sustainability, public space, urban design and transportation.
The organization’s Steering Committee decided that one of the most important tasks that it could undertake was to give the voting public an opportunity to hear the candidates’ positions about sustainability and quality of life issues.
“Many Watertown residents care deeply about the issues for which we advocate, but often they are given less attention than some of the more obvious municipal topics. The forums are intended to put these concerns on more of an equal footing,” said Barbara Ruskin, one of Sustainable Watertown’s founders.
Joseph Levendusky, chair of the Forum Committee added, “At this time of profound change in Watertown, it is critical to give the quality of our built and natural environment a greater degree of discussion and debate.”
The forums will take place at the Coolidge School Apartments auditorium, 319 Arlington St. Sunday, Oct. 18, 6-8:30 p.m. will be the forum for District Councilor candidates. Monday, Oct. 19, 7-9:30 p.m. will be the forum for Council President and Councilor At-Large candidates.