NORTH ADAMS -- With the city's Nov. 5 election just under two weeks away, voters will have a chance to hear from Mayor Richard J. Alcombright and challenger Robert Moulton Jr. during a mayoral debate at McCann Technical School tonight.
The debate, sponsored by the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, begins at 7 p.m. Doors to the free event will open at 6:30 p.m.
"The Berkshire Chamber is pleased to coordinate and host the only public mayoral debate in North Adams this election season," said Michael Supranowicz, Berkshire Chamber president and CEO said in a statement. "It is extremely important that the community has a chance to become well informed. We encourage businesses to send representatives from their organizations to this event, as there will be business-specific questions asked."
The debate, which is scheduled to run 1 hour and 30 minutes, will begin with welcoming remarks from McCann Tech Superintendent James Brosnan and Supranowicz. Moderator Paul Hutchinson, retired Adams town clerk, will provide the debate guidelines before allowing each candidate two minutes for opening remarks, with the order to be determined by a drawing of names prior to the debate.
A series of questions, drafted by the chamber and a panel made up of the local media, including the Transcript, iBerkshires, the MCLA Beacon and WNAW, will follow.
The candidate answering the question will be given two minutes to respond, followed by a one-minute rebuttal by the second candidate. A 30-second rebuttal response will then follow.
Each candidate will also be granted a two-minute closing statement, with the last candidate to give an opening statement going first.
Questions from the public, which can be submitted on index cards upon entering the gymnasium, will be asked if time allows.
Northern Berkshire Community Television will film the debate, but will not be able to air it live. It will be aired on Channel 17 numerous times before the election.
A second debate will take place at the WNAW studios on Wednesday, Oct. 30 and will air live from 9 to 10 a.m.
Voters will also have the opportunity to meet both mayoral candidates and the 12 City Council candidates at a "Meet the Candidates Breakfast," sponsored by the North Adams Elks at the Elks Lodge, 100 Eagle St., on Sunday, Nov. 3, from 8 to 11 a.m.