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Left in Lowell has mailed the Questionnaire to City Candidates; that is those running for City Council, School Committee and Technical High School. We incorporated a lot of the questions that the commentators had submitted. The answers of the participants who reply will be published (in PDF format) in a single post with links for each candidate.
It has become obvious to many observers that this City election season has too few (2 as of now) public forums. In a previous post, I had mentioned that WCAP has been interviewing each candidate for an hour. I wish I had thought about it before; one of the blogs in Lowell could have partnered with them to provide a podcast or maybe they could have provide it on their own web site.
But I was informed that there would have been too many legal obstacles that have do to with broadcast rights. Maybe in two years, the station’s web site will provide streaming radio. Also, the Lowell Sun is providing some information about the candidates on their web site.
The lack of public forums this year is disturbing. If I recall, two years ago there were at least a half dozen which were sponsored by non-profits, the media and neighborhood groups. How do we expect challengers who do not have a build-in network present their views to the general public? The incumbents have the pulpit every Tuesday but challengers do not have that advantage. How do we expect issues to be fully discussed and new ideas brought forth? How do we expect to galvanize the voters? Bumper stickers, ads in the paper and yard (now chain link fence) signs are not substitute for public debate.
So in addition to the Candidate’s Questionnaire, the LiL web site will provide a 15 – 20 minutes podcast of any City Council, School Committee, Technical High School candidate who wishes to discuss his/her platform with us. Those candidates who are interested in a podcast on LiL, can e-mail Lynne or I (click in the link in the right hand corner of this page) for “Coffee with LiL.”
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