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Mayoral, city council at-large candidates to face-off at campus forum

North­eastern University’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs will host a Q-​​and-​​A-​​style public forum on Sunday fea­turing Boston’s may­oral and city council at-​​large can­di­dates in advance of next month’s elec­tion, which is less than two weeks away.

Former Mass­a­chu­setts Gov. Michael Dukakis, Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Polit­ical Sci­ence at North­eastern, will mod­erate the forum, which is free and open to the public. It will be held Sunday Oct. 27 at 5:30 p.m. in Blackman Audi­to­rium, in con­junc­tion with co-​​sponsors including the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at North­eastern, the League of Women Voters of Boston, the Ward Fel­lows of Boston Latin School alumni group, and Rev­o­lu­tion Radio Network—whose pres­i­dent, North­eastern alumnus Jef­frey Santos, helped to orga­nize the event.

“This is an oppor­tu­nity for fac­ulty, staff, and stu­dents to engage with can­di­dates in a mean­ingful way on the eve of this impor­tant upcoming elec­tion,” said Joan Fitzgerald, dean of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs.

Pamela Julian, pres­i­dent of the League of Women Voters of Boston, will join Fitzgerald in wel­coming the two may­oral and eight city council at-​​large candidates.

The Nov. 5 elec­tion will mark the first time in two decades Boston will elect a new mayor. Thomas M. Menino has held the office since first being elected in 1993.

At the forum, the eight city council at-​​large can­di­dates will field a range of ques­tions from the audi­ence, which will include stu­dents from Northeastern’s Col­lege Democ­rats and Col­lege Repub­li­cans stu­dent groups and stu­dents from the Boston Latin School. May­oral can­di­dates John R. Con­nolly and Martin J. Walsh will sep­a­rately tackle audi­ence ques­tions rel­e­vant to their respec­tive cam­paign pri­or­i­ties and visions for Boston’s future.

The can­di­dates for the city’s four city council at large seats are: cur­rent city coun­cilors at large Ayanna S. Pressley and Stephen J. Murphy; Martin J. Keough, a lawyer from West Rox­bury; Jack F. Kelly III, a former neigh­bor­hood coor­di­nator; Annissa Essaibi-​​George, an East Boston High School teacher and small busi­ness owner; Michael F. Fla­herty, former city coun­cilor at large; Michelle Wu, former cam­paign aide for cur­rent U.S. Sen. Eliz­a­beth Warren; and Jef­frey Michael Ross, an immi­gra­tion lawyer.

The event aligns with the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs’ ongoing work to foster inter­dis­ci­pli­nary social sci­ence research on crit­ical public policy issues, pro­vide policy-​​relevant and pro­fes­sional training for tomorrow’s leaders, ener­gize sus­tained com­mu­nity involve­ment through col­lab­o­ra­tions with local and regional insti­tu­tions, and offer a venue for public dis­course and problem solving.

– By Northeastern News

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