A candidates’ debate is a unique event in our political culture. It is the only opportunity for the voters to see the candidates in an unscripted, head to head setting. Debates can make or break a candidate and often are the lore of legend, such as the Lincoln-Douglas debates and the Kennedy-Nixon debates. On the local level, we recall one candidate for selectman who extolled his “credentials” to such a degree that it prompted our reporter to check into them and to discover that everything he claimed about himself was phony.
Winthrop voters have a very important date on their political calendar on Thursday, October 8, when the three candidates for president of the Winthrop Town Council, Susan Bolster, Barbara Survilas, and Jeffrey Turco, will debate the issues in an event to be televised live on Winthrop Community Access Television.
The Sun-Transcript is proud to be a part of this debate, along with the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce, which has done a great job of organizing the event. Winthrop residents will no doubt be watching as they decide whom they want to lead the town as its council president for the next four years.
We expect it will be exciting, interesting, and informative, as most political debates are, and we urge every voter to tune in and watch.