Expect a raucous night at the Parlin library Tuesday night as the three candidates for the 28th Middlesex District state representative seat square off for their final debate. Incumbent Joe McGonagle, finance and grants manager for Boston University Medical Center Adrien Gerly, and former state representative Stat Smith have all confirmed they will participate (which is no small feat for McGonagle who seems to pick and choose which audience he is willing to talk to).
The debate is sponsored by the Everett Democratic City Committee and will be moderated by Sue Flicop, president of the League of Women Voters of Newton. LWVN is a non-partisan organization that does not support particular candidates, but does support issues that it has studied.
The EDCC is encouraging candidates to have their supporters rally outside the venue and in Everett Square. Many times the competition for visibility can be greater than the debate itself. There is limited space outside Parlin and in the square so it will be interesting to see how that all plays out—three groups of passionate supporters holding signs for their candidates in a small area.
Here is an example of some of the specific rules:
• Immediately following the opening statements, the moderator will begin by asking a candidate the first question. The order of these questions and to whom they are directed will be known only by the moderator, who will make every effort to mix up the order with each question;
• When directly asked a question, a candidate will have up to two minutes to respond to the question;
• The other candidates will also have two minutes to answer the same question;
• Rebuttals will be allowed, at the discretion of the moderator, and will be limited to 30 seconds;
• The moderator will proceed to the next question, and the above scenario will repeat itself until about an hour has lapsed or the list of questions has been exhausted.
The event is open to the public and starts at 6:30 pm.