June 23, 2009
SOUTHBRIDGE — When people think of political debates, they probably latch on to those every four years for president or annually for Town Council. Maybe they'll think of the School Committee, or even some school debating club.
This year, however, there will be a debate for a job that is, almost by definition, one of the least political elected offices — Town Clerk. On Thursday, incumbent Madaline Daoust will take the Town Hall stage against her challenger, John Pulawski, at 7 p.m.
Unlike the rest of this year's debates and candidate forums, which were organized either by this newspaper or people known as local activists, this debate is being run by Richard Merrill, who said his last foray into such a role was a few years ago, when he was asked to moderate a debate on the merits of a Proposition 2 1/2 override for the schools. Otherwise, his experience is in sales and as an auctioneer.
When asked why he's doing this, Merrill said, "Because it's an important race. The Town Clerk is one of the first people new people coming to town will see."
See Tuesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage.