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Candidates Night Coming For State Senate Hopefuls

The Concord-Carlisle League of Women Voters plans to hold a candidates' night for those running for the 3rd Middlesex State Senate seat.

The Concord-Carlisle League of Women Voters plans to hold a candidates' night for all the candidates running for the 3rd Middlesex state senate seat, the group announced in a press release. 

The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 15 at the at 1276 Main St. It is free and open to the public.

The Democratic candidates are , , , and . Republicans and also plan to attend. 

Dolan, Kearns Goodwin and Howes are all from Concord. 

Nancy Carapezza, the former president of the LWV, will moderate, according to the press release. Voters wanting to ask questions can email them to VoterService@lwvcc.org by Aug. 15.

Bill Montague July 24, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Bill Montague, There are a lot more important business to see to than Massport's push for comuter rail. It's fine to make broad statements about Health Care etc. Words are only window dressing. It's what you do in life that counts. All the candidates support this and that. But what really counts is the experinece on the ground and the help you have given to peole in our 3rd district. I want a qualified person who has worked to help people in our district. Mara Dolan in my opinon fits the bill. No pun intended. Bill Montague
Sarah Johnson July 24, 2012 at 03:57 PM
I might mention that since Mike has actually had experience working in health care and communicating with doctors, nurses, and patients, he has already worked hard to help improve the health care system. And because the environment is such a priority for many of us, it's relevant that Mike has directly helped allay the concerns of those in our district by battling expansion by Massport at Hanscom. In addition, Mike has a great record behind him from his previous time in the State Senate, pushing for the first law against discrimination by sexual orientation and creating a cohesive network of the records of domestic violence abusers in order to protect his constituents. He has consistently shown support for improving our education system and human services programs. If you need further concrete evidence for how valuable he is as a politician, he won several awards for his accomplishments and has been named Legislator of the Year three times. If anyone has proven his qualifications and values through actions rather than words, it is Mike Barrett.
Bill Montague July 24, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Bill Montague, Well I am in favor of Women in the political system. I belive they are the ones that will make the best impact running our governemt. We men are far to agressive. It's time we gave women a chance to see what they can do! Women are wired different than us men. If women ran our world you would see and end to wars. I have been an agressive man all my life. But I know that's not the way to run things. We need women who care about people - because being mothers they are and have been care givers. Any time a women runs for office I support her. In my opinion if our world is to be saved - it will be done by women. For some reason I trust women more than men. Perhaps because my mother was a woman! I always trusted her. Enough said! My vote goes to Mara Dolan - in my opinion she is the best person to fill this important office of Senator. If you look around the world women are filling offices once held only by men. Many are now presidents of their nations. Women are finally standing up for what they belive in all over the world! Cheers! Bill Montague
Laura Cohen July 24, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Bill -- I'm all in favor of women in politics. I voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Democratic Presidential Primary. But, first of all, I think it's sexist of you to say women can't be "aggressive" and that they are "wired different from us men." Men can be wonderful caregivers, too. A true feminist -- which I'm not sure Mara Dolan is -- understands that. Second of all, as a woman, I want to vote for the candidate who will best represent me. It doesn't matter to me whether that candidate is male or female. Gender is a social construction, anyway. The thing is, I'm not sure if Mara Dolan is the strongest candidate in this race. I'm also not sure she has the strongest grasp on women's issues among the candidates. Even if she won the seat, I'm not sure if she would be wise enough or knowledgeable enough to represent me well, even if she happens to be of the same gender as me.
Bill Montague July 24, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Bill Montague, Becuse I am now in favor of women in politics does not make me a sexist! After living on this earth for many years - I have come to the conclusion women will make better leaders. Not all women of course, but those best qualified. All thing being equal I will vote for the woman every time. I want to see what they can do. We men have made a mess of our world. We now have enough atomic wepons - they tell us if they were all used, that would wipe out all life on earth 20 times over. Well who do you think were in charge when those weapons were built and who designed them. As far as I know it was agressive Men! Our world as you well know is at tipping point, will our world as we know it be here for our children? I am in favor of giving women a chance to see what they can do! It may be our last chance! Cheers! Bill Montague

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