School Committee, Town Council Candidate Forums Coming Up Soon


Voters can learn about the candidates running for office in the Watertown Election at a series of upcoming candidate forums.

Pair of School Committee Forums

The Watertown Education Foundation and Watertown News will host a pair of forums for the School Committee candidates.

The first will be Thursday, Oct. 15 from 7:30-9 p.m. at the Watertown Free Public Library, 123 Main St., in the Watertown Savings Bank Room.

The second forum will be on Thursday, Oct. 22 from 7-9 p.m. in the Watertown Middle School Auditorium, 68 Waverley Ave.

Moderators Announced for Town Council Candidate Forums

Sustainable Watertown is announcing the moderators and the format of its Town Council Candidate Forums. Moderator for the Sunday, Oct. 18 District Councilors Forum will be Pia Owens, former President and current Vice President of the Watertown Community Foundation. Ms. Owens helped found and organize Watertown Helps Out, an annual day of community service; served as a Project Literacy tutor; provided pro bono legal assistance to Watertown Community Gardens; and served on the Watertown Free Public Library’s strategic planning committee.

Moderator for the Monday, Oct. 19 Council President and At-Large Candidates Forum will be Watertown resident and Eliot Norton Award winning actress Karen MacDonald. Ms. MacDonald was a founding company member of the American Repertory Theatre and has appeared in numerous roles at the Huntington Theatre, as well as the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, the New Repertory Theatre and various resident theaters across the country. In 2010, she was the recipient of the Robert Brustein award for Sustained Achievement in the Theatre.

The candidates will all be on the stage at the same time and will answer the sam3 questions. Although most questions asked will pertain to Watertown as a whole, District candidates will be asked at least one question specific to their districts. Similarly, Council President candidates will face at least one question specific to that position.

The public is invited to submit potential questions by e-mailing them to Questions should pertain to the issues with which

Sustainable Watertown is concerned, such as development, environmental sustainability, public space, urban design and transportation, and should be submitted no later than Friday, Oct. 16 at noon.

The forum for District candidates will be Sunday, Oct. 18, 6-8:30 p.m. The forum for Council President and At-Large candidates will be Monday, Oct. 19, 7-9:30 p.m. The forums will be held at the Coolidge School Apartments auditorium, 319 Arlington St.

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