Gutro First to Call for Debates

Gutro Calls For Four Mayoral Debates

Mayoral candidate Doug Gutro is calling on his fellow candidates to engage a series of debates beginning next month and leading up to the City’s preliminary election on Sept. 22.

Gutro Calls For Four Mayoral Debates

Mayoral candidate Doug Gutro is calling on his fellow candidates to engage a series of debates beginning next month and leading up to the City’s preliminary election on Sept. 22.

“We’ve got a lot to talk about and I know that we can all agree that the voters are very interested in this year’s City election,” Gutro said in a letter dated July 15 and delivered to incumbent Mayor Tom Koch, former mayor Bill Phelan and School Committee member Anne Mahoney.

“As voters now really begin to evaluate each of our candidacies, please let me suggest that we agree to a series of no less than four forums focusing on important issues confronting our City’s and our positions and plans to move the City forward,” Gutro wrote.

Topics suggested by Gutro for debate include Downtown Development and PlanningWhat Needs to Change and What Doesn’t?Investing For the Future and an Open Forum featuring questions from residents.  Gutro suggested each forum last for 90 minutes, be open to the public and take place at locations across the City.

“I also would like to stress that this letter is simply intended to offer suggestions.  I’m open to more general or specific topics, more forums than four and any other thoughts that you might have,” Gutro wrote.  “What’s most important is opportunity for residents and the media to critically question each of us directly and for each of us to be able to offer an open exchange of ideas and views,” Gutro added.

“I have no preconceived notions on format, venues, moderators or time or day other than to suggest evening forums to encourage optimal attendance, if you could reply to this letter with your interest, our respective campaigns can then immediately designate personnel to finalize details,” Gutro wrote.

Read More at the Quincy Sun: 

http://thequincysun.com/2015/07/21/gutro-calls-for-four-mayoral-debates/


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