NewTV Holds Debates for Governor's Council, Register of Deeds
The debates, which were co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters, were held on Wed., Aug. 15 and are now available online.
The local station recently hosted and televised debates for two political races including the District 3 Governor's Council seat and the South Middlesex Register of Deeds.
The debates took place on Aug. 15 and were moderated by the League of Women Voters. Videos from the debates are now available to view on NewTV's website.
The Governor's Council candidates at the debate included the three Democrats running for the nomination, including incumbent Marilyn Pettito Devaney, Brookline resident Harry Margolis, and former Newton Alderman Charlie Shapiro.
The Democrat who wins the Sept. 6 primary will face off against Newton resident Tom Sheff, who is running on the Independent ticket.
The Governor's Council, which consists of eight councilors serving two-year terms, helps provide advice to the Governor for judge appointments, notaries public and pardons or commutations.
During the debate, Margolis, Devaney and Shapiro shared their ideas and views about the responsibilities of the Governor's Council as well as their opinions on the new "three strikes" rule recently passed by the legislature.
The register of deeds debate included five of the six Democrats running for the seat, who talked about their qualifications for the job and priorities for the position if they are elected.
As noted during the NewTV debate, the South Middlesex Registry of Deeds handles land records and is the largest land record office in Massachusetts with a $3.1 million budget. The register of deeds serves a six-year term.
The candidates at the debate included Frank J. Ciano, Maria C. Curtatone, Tiziano Doto, Maryann M. Heuston and former Newton Mayor Thomas B. Concannon Jr. Candidate Robert B. Antonelli was unable to attend the debate.
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