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Scarborough candidates to answer questions in televised forum

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Scarborough candidates to answer questions in televised forum

SCARBOROUGH — Once again this fall, the Scarborough Community Chamber will give Town Council, Board of Education and Scarborough Sanitary District candidates an evening in the spotlight during its 12th annual Candidates Night.

Moderated by Kevin Freeman, the event will be televised on local-access cable TV and will feature questions asked by a panel of local reporters. The format will also allow call-in questions from those watching at home.

"The evening is a vehicle for viewers to be able to place a face with a name," Freeman said Wednesday. "You do get a good chance to have a sense of who that person is – that's our goal."

As in past years, candidates will have the opportunity to make prepared opening and closing statements.  They will not receive the panel's questions in advance.

When asked what topics he thinks may be covered, Freeman suggested the economy, the recent Pine Point land swap and dealing with traffic and other community growing pains. School Board candidates, he said, might be asked how they would deal with anticipated state budget deficits.

Four candidates are running for two Town Council seats this year: incumbents Councilors Carol Rancourt and Richard Sullivan, and challengers Michael Hoglund Jr. and Jessica Holbrook. Five candidates are in the race for three School Board seats: incumbents Jacquelyn Perry, Annalee Rosenblatt and Jane Wiseman, and challengers Robert Mitchell and James Shields. Two incumbents, Nicola Rico and Benedetto Viola, are running unopposed for the Sanitary District board.

Candidates Night will be held from 6:15 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8, in Council Chambers at Town Hall. It will be televised live and will also be rerun several times before the election.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3. Polls will be open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Scarborough High School gymnasium.

Peggy Roberts can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or proberts@theforecaster.net.