Holyoke mayoral debate slated for Sept. 9

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Staff Writer
Published: 8/18/2021 3:53:43 PM

HOLYOKE — The first mayoral debate ahead of the city’s preliminary election has been scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 9.

Organized by the Greater Holyoke Chamber and the Holyoke Taxpayers Association, the debate was supposed to take place earlier this month but was postponed because it conflicted with the wake for city firefighter Jonathan “Jono” Robert, who died suddenly at age 30. The debate has now been rescheduled for Sept. 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Holyoke High School auditorium.

The hosting organizations said the debate will feature the seven candidates who will be on the ballot for the Sept. 21 preliminary mayoral election.

Those candidates are: School Committee member Devin Sheehan; academic and educator Gloria Caballero Roca; at-large city councilors Rebecca Lisi and Michael Sullivan; city resident Christopher Kosinksi; writer William Glidden, a former aide to previous mayor Alex Morse; and Joshua Garcia, the current town administrator of Blandford.

The debate is scheduled to run for two hours and will be moderated by Holyoke Taxpayer Association President Helene Florio. Jordan Hart, the executive director of the Greater Holyoke Chamber, also will be asking questions, as well others during the event.

“Families and community members of Holyoke are invited to attend what could very well be the most important debate in the history of Holyoke,” the organizations said. “There is no cost for the event.”

Event organizers have asked that there be no electioneering near the entrance of the school. The debate also will air live on Holyoke’s local access Channel 15.

Dusty Christensen can be reached at dchristensen@gazettenet.com.

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