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Mayoral candidates speak to the students of Newton South

Posted By Adam Goldstein On May 13, 2009 @ 7:00 pm In News | Comments Disabled

With the November mayoral elections quickly approaching, three of the four mayoral candidates participated in a forum at the Seasholes Auditorium on April 29. Setti Warren, Aldermen Paul Coletti, and Ken Parker spoke to the students of South.

According to Alderman Ruth Balser’s campaign manager, Chad Raddock, Balser could not attend the forum because she was “at the state house voting on the budget.

The Conservative and Liberal Student Unions collaborated to form a mayoral debate committee to organize the forum. The committee consisted of juniors Ben Chesler, Mika Braginsky, Melanie Fineman, Ari Shvartsman, and Maddie Willert. Willert and Fineman are co-presidents of the Liberal Student Union; Braginsky is president of the Conservative Student Union.

“We emailed each of the candidates and asked them to attend the forum, Chester said. “We told them that it would be a great opportunity for them to reach young people.

During the forum, history teacher Robert Parlin took the role of forum moderator and asked questions to the candidates. One of his questions asked what they believed were the two most pressing issues facing Newton. 
All three candidates spoke about improving education.

“The new superintendent needs to be innovative, Warren said. “He needs to be able to do more for less and take the community to a new level.

The three candidates also spoke about fixing the budget gap. According to Coletti, efficient spending is the answer.
Although Balser did not attend the forum, she feels that “the most pressing issues facing Newton are how to have excellent schools and how to manage our budget so that we live within our means.

The forum ended with questions from the audience, during which English teacher David Bloom asked the candidates to describe what they believe their greatest weaknesses are.

Warren felt that the other candidate have more experience than he does.

Parker said that he “[trusts] people too much and sometimes those people end up stabbing him in the back.

“I have a strong passion to help people live here, which I believe is a weakness and also a strength, Coletti said. “If I see a family struggling I have an urge to help them out any way I can.

“Sometimes I think that I work too hard and care too deeply, Balser said. 

Students generally enjoyed the forum and listening to the candidates.

“[The forum was] very informational, freshman Josh Harlow said. “The candidates all seemed pretty good. Parker tried to connect with the kids, Warren seemed to be prepared to be mayor, and Coletti was very experienced.
Chesler, Braginsky, Fineman, Shvartsman, and Willert plan on bringing the candidates back to Newton South in the future.

“We’re considering organizing another forum next school year, closer to the election, Braginsky said.

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[1] Setti and Ruth win prelims: http://www.denebolaonline.net/2009/09/30/setti-and-ruth-win-prelims/

[2] Rep. Ruth Balser on education: http://www.denebolaonline.net/2008/10/29/rep-ruth-balser-on-education/

[3] Race for City Hall: Paul Coletti on Education: http://www.denebolaonline.net/2008/11/26/race-for-city-hall-paul-coletti-on-education/

[4] Municipal elections deserve attention: http://www.denebolaonline.net/2009/10/21/municipal-elections-deserve-attention/

[5] Political clubs respond to the election: http://www.denebolaonline.net/2008/10/29/political-clubs-respond-to-the-election/

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