Martin Institute Hosts Congressional Forums
July 23, 2012
EASTON - Voters will get a chance to hear from the 4th Congressional District candidates seeking their respective party nomination during a pair of forums in August.
The Fall River Herald News, Wickedlocal.com, WCVB and WGBH are sponsoring the forums, which will be hosted by The Martin Institute at Stonehill College in Easton, on Aug. 14.
The redrawn 4th District includes Easton, the southern half of Raynham and Sharon. It stretches from Newton and Brookline in the north to Fall River and Somerset in the south.
The one-hour forums, which will be held in Alumni Hall, will begin at 6 p.m. with Democratic candidates Rachel Brown, Joseph Kennedy III and Herb Robinson. The forum involving Republican candidates Sean Bielat, Elizabeth Childs and David Steinhof will begin at 8 p.m.
The district seat has been held by retiring Democratic U.S. Rep. Barney Frank for more than three decades.
The forums will be moderated by Lisa Strattan, associate publisher and editor of The Herald News and the Taunton Daily Gazette. Panelists will include Sean Kelly from WCVB, Adam Reilly from WGBH and reporters from The Herald News and Wicked Local.
NewsCenter 5 will provide full coverage of the forum in its newscasts and on wcvb.com, as part of the station's award-winning Commitment 2012 political coverage.
As is traditional to the Martin Institute, a formal debate format will not be followed with an effort instead to allow the forum to be more conversational while allowing each candidate the opportunity to frame his or her core message. Candidates will be allowed to distinguish themselves on key points and to help reveal the different approaches to the office through a succinct conversation on each question as directed by the moderator.
Responses will not be timed and the moderator will use discretion as to whether a question needs to be answered by each candidate. Follow-up questions may also be asked or the question could be re-framed in an effort to get more detail from a candidate's response.
There will not be opening statements, and the moderator's discretion will be used to allow brief closing statements.
Questions will not be permitted from audience members. Campaign banners and signs will not be allowed inside Alumni Hall.
Both forums are free and open to the public. For tickets, contact The Martin Institute at email@example.com or 508-565-1131.
For more information, contact Communications and Media Relations at 508-565-1321.