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PORTLAND — The public has several opportunities this week to ask questions of candidates in the Nov. 6 election for City Council, and to hear experts debate the upcoming state referendum on same-sex marriage.
On Wednesday at 7:30 a.m., the Portland Community Chamber will sponsor a discussion with the council candidates at the Portland Regional Chamber Office, 443 Congress St. Advance registration at portlandregion.com is required by noon Tuesday.
On Thursday at 9:30 a.m., Preble Street Homeless Voices for Justice will host the candidates in a forum at the Preble Street Soup Kitchen, 252 Oxford St. The event is part of “You Don’t Need a Home to Vote,” a series of four voter forums being held this month by the advocacy group. No registration is required.
Participating in both events will be the council District 1 candidates, Councilor Kevin Donoghue and opponent Justin Benjamin Pollard; the District 2 candidates, Councilor David Marshall and opponent Shane Boyington; and candidates for an at-large council seat, Councilor Nicholas Mavodones and opponent Wells Lyons.
Also on Thursday, the University of Maine School of Law will host a debate about issues surrounding Question 1, the Nov. 6 referendum asking if Maine should issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
The debate is scheduled for 7 p.m., in the University of Southern Maine’s Luther Bonney Hall, 96 Falmouth St.
The debate will feature Mary Bonauto, civil rights project director at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, and Carroll Conley Jr., executive director of the Christian Civic League of Maine. Dmitry Bam, associate professor at the law school, will be the moderator.