(UPDATED) Election 2018: Upcoming Events Will Give Candidates A Chance To Make Their Case To Dracut Voters
Apr 26, 2018 04:36PM
● By Bill Gilman
Candidates running for the offices at the top of the ballot in Dracut will have two chances to get their message out to voters in the coming days.
The Greater Lowell League of Women Voters will be hosting a Candidates' Night on Monday, April 30, at 7 p.m. at the Dracut Town Hall.
The Lowell Sun will be hosting a debate for Board of Selectmen and School Committee candidates on Tuesday, May 1, at 6 p.m. at Harmony Hall.
Here is a look at each event and information on how voters can participate.
Greater Lowell League of Women Voters Candidates' Night (April 30, 6 p.m., Town Hall)
There has been a bit of confusion regarding the format of this event, which Emily Mattox, president and Meredith Dill, treasurer, of the GLLWV has sought to clarify in recent days.
According to the Facebook event created by the GLLWV, "Candidates will each give a brief introduction. After that, voters and community members will be able to discuss their plans and ask questions."
Many residents had been under the impression the event would feature debates for each of the three contested races. However, according to Dill, not enough candidates have committed to participate to have debates.
In their Facebook posting, Mattox and Dill said:
"State LWV rules require that there must be at least two candidates per race. If there are not, we are not permitted to sponsor a debate.
• All of the incumbents have stated that they will not attend. Mr. Wilkie has an out of town work commitment, as he states below.
• This leaves us two options. Changing it to a meet & greet or canceling.
• We are reaching out to candidates to double check that they can still come, even though we must change the format.
The Greater Lowell chapter of the League of Women Voters is committed to serving the voters of Dracut and Lowell."
To date, School Committee candidate Susan Koufogazos has committed to attending, while incumbents Joseph Wilkie and Daniel O'Connell have said they will not be attending, according to Dill. Selectman Joseph DiRocco will not be attending. However, challengers John Joyce (after initially declining) and Phil Thibault will attend. Housing Authority Commissioner George Nangell will not be attending but challenger Fred Spicer will participate.
Lowell Sun Debates (May 1, 7 p.m., Harmony Hall)
This event will feature the candidates for School Committee and Board of Selectmen but not the Housing Authority.
The moderator and sole panelist will be Lowell Sun Enterprise Editor Christopher Scott. The School Committee candidates will debate for 50 minutes, starting at 7 p.m. After a brief break, the Board of Selectmen candidates will debate for 50 minutes, starting at 8 p.m. There will be no opening statements but each candidate may make a brief closing statement.
Dracut residents are invited to suggest questions for the debate through the Lowell Sun Twitter account by clicking here.