Mayoral Candidates to Face off in First Debate on Wednesday

August 7, 2013
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Richard Donnelly was promoted to Lieutenant in the Lynn Police Department and Robert Avery was promoted to Sergeant during a ceremony July 30 at the Lynn Mayor’s Office. Pictured at the ceremony are Police Chief Kevin Coppinger, Lt. Richard Donnelly, and Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy.

Richard Donnelly was promoted to Lieutenant in the Lynn Police Department and Robert Avery was promoted to Sergeant during a ceremony July 30 at the Lynn Mayor’s Office. Pictured at the ceremony are Police Chief Kevin Coppinger, Lt. Richard Donnelly, and Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy.

Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy will square off with Council president and Mayoral Challenger Timothy Phelan Wednesday night, August 7 at 7 p.m. at the Temple Ahabat on Ocean Street in a debate sponsored by the Lynn Community Association.

The debate will be the first debate between the two Mayoral candidates in the 2013 Mayoral Race and will be mediated by Tom Sheehan of the Blog Lynnside Edition.

According to the Lynn Community Association website, questions to the candidates could be submitted to the LCA, to be asked by the moderator, via email at www.lynncommunity@comcast.net.

The first debate between Kennedy and Phelan could prove to be highly charged, following a bit of political banter last week that erupted after Mayor Kennedy told a local publication that she didn’t think that Phelan’s wife should have applied for a principalship in the Lynn schools, while he was a candidate for Mayor.

Phelan rebutted the allegation and said that he was “disappointed” in the Mayor’s comments.

The Wednesday, August 7 debate will be the first Mayoral debate of the election season, but it will also conflict with LynnCAM’s scheduled Ward Councilor Town Meeting, in which all candidates for Ward Council seats will get an opportunity to introduce themselves to Lynn voters during a two-hour cable televised event.

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