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Democrats duel in 6th, other forums slated

Four of the 6th Worcester candidates attended Sunday’s Democratic Primary forum at Southbridge Town Hall. Clockwise from right: Incumbent Geraldo Alicea, Democratic challenger Joanne Powell, Republican Peter Durant and independent Robert Cirba. The fifth candidate is independent Peter Boria. Gus Steeves. (click for larger version)
April 05, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — The dueling has officially started in the 6th Worcester House race, as incumbent Geraldo Alicea and challenger Joanne Powell faced off in a Democratic Primary forum Sunday, April 3.

It will probably be the only formal opportunity to see both Democrats at the same time, since the other slated forums — two in Charlton and one more in Southbridge — are all planned around the May 15 general election. Those will give voters a chance to see April 12's Democratic nominee alongside Republican Peter Durant and independents Peter Boria and Robert Cirba.

Both of those in Charlton — Tuesday, April 26 at 7 p.m. at Overlook and Monday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the library — are being moderated by Linda Denault, who served as town moderator for 12 years back in the 1990s.

"It was just something I thought I could do," Denault said. "I've served in town government before and always consider it a duty to do public service."

Both events are not really debates, they're "informational meetings," she noted. Citizens will get a chance to talk with candidates for the special election and town races informally for a while before a more formal question-and-answer session kicks off. Denault said people will be able to ask questions from the floor, or to submit them via e-mail in advance.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

Janines Frostee
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