LOWELL, Mass. – UMass Lowell and the university’s Center for Public Opinion will host debates Sunday, April 29 for Democratic primary candidates running in the Massachusetts 3rd Congressional District to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas.
The two 90-minute debates will be held at noon and 2 p.m. in Durgin Hall, 35 Wilder St
., on the university’s South Campus. Additional details about the format and composition of the debates will be finalized and announced in the coming weeks. Two debates are scheduled because of the large number of Democrats, more than a dozen, in that primary. Currently, only one Republican candidate is running.
“The free and open exchange of ideas is central to our democracy and to the core values of UMass Lowell,” said UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney. “We believe these forums will assist voters across the 3rd Congressional District as they consider candidates in the primary and general elections later this year. It will also engage our students in the electoral process and strengthen their understanding of American democracy.”
UMass Lowell has a long history of debate sponsorship, serving as the host for prior forums, including: