LTC is working with The Lowell Sun, the KhmerPostUSA, and the CMAA to produce live televised debates in advance of the 2019 Lowell municipal elections. Our goal is to give all the candidates equal on-air time to reach Lowell voters. The debates will be broadcast live on LTC Channel 8, streamed from the Lowell Sun and LTC websites, and taped for repeat showings on LTC and YouTube/LTCLowell. Because of space constraints there will not be an audience in the studio, but supporters are welcome to watch the debates in the LTC Gallery on the first floor.

The School Committee candidates’ debates will take place on Monday, October 21. The candidates will be divided alphabetically into two groups for 45-minute debates. The first group’s debate will be from 6:30pm to 7:15pm and the second debate will be from 7:30pm to 8:15pm.

School Committee Debate Part 1, 10/21, 6:30-7:15pm. Candidates in this debate are Sherri O’Connor Barboza, Hilary Mae Clark, Andre Descoteaux, Michael Dillon, and Jaqueline Doherty.

School Committee Debate Part 2, 10/21, 7:30-8:15pm. Candidates in this debate are Robert Hoey, Dominik Lay, Connie Martin, Gerard Nutter, Benjamin Opara, and James Peters.

The City Council candidates’ debates will be on Monday, October 21 and Thursday, October 24. Because of the large number of candidates, there will be three one-hour debates, with candidates divided alphabetically. The first six candidates will be in the first debate on October 21 from 8:30pm to 9:30pm. The second and third debates will be on October 24 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm and from 7:45pm to 8:45pm.

City Council Debate Part 1, 10/21, 8:30-9:30pm. Candidates in this debate are Alexandra Amparo-Del Villar, Corey Belanger, Sokhary Chau, Ty Chum, and David Conway.

City Council Debate Part 2, 10/24, 6:30-7:30pm. Candidates in this debate are John Drinkwater, Rodney Elliott, Martin Hogan, Harry Kortikere, John Leahy, and Martin Lorrey.

City Council Debate Part 3, 10/24, 7:45-8:45pm. Candidates in this debate are Rita Mercier, Vesna Nuon, David Ouellette, Daniel Rourke, William Samaras, and Jeffrey Thomas.

Many thanks to Solidarity Lowell for its support of these debates and for its work promoting civic engagement in Lowell.