Hudson Patch will host a mayoral debate between incumbent Alan Burchill and challenger Scot O'Malley at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28, at the . Hudson Patch Editor Micheal Foley will host the event and act as moderator.
The entire community is invited to attend and participate in the event, which is possible because of a donation by local business owner Paul Rode. Hudson Patch will stream the event live, and The River Channel will tape the debate for later airing on Comcast cable's Channel 15.
O'Malley is eager to discuss the issues on stage with the man he sat next to for four years at Hudson Common Council meetings.
"I'm hoping to get voters in Hudson thinking about options for the future, and to discuss possibilities for our city that they may not have heard before," O'Malley said. "I look forward to hearing Alan's ideas as well, and I believe we'll be able to present voters with clear contrasts to help them decide. I don't think this election is about Scot vs. Alan or Alan vs. Scot; it should be about creating a plan for Hudson's future. Simply put, the ideas are more important than the people."
Burchill agrees that community members who attend or watch the debate will see key differences between the two candidates.
"I think the community will be able to see both candidates respond to questions that are important to them," Burchill said. "They will be able to also see what we have in common and what issues we have a different point of view. I look forward to the 28th to debate the serious issues that face our city."
In an effort to ensure the best questions are asked at the debate, Hudson Patch is reaching out to its user community to suggest debate questions. Users can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the "DEBATE QUESTION" in the subject line. There also will be opportunities for members of the live audience to ask questions during the event on March 28.
The mayoral election takes place April 3.