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8th Suffolk state representative candidates to talk neighborhood issues at forum

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  May 2, 2013 11:12 AM

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The state representative candidates running for the vacant Eighth Suffolk District seat will discuss local issues at a forum hosted by multiple neighborhood associations next week.

The Beacon Hill Civic Association, the Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association, the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay, and the West End Civic Association are co-sponsoring a forum for the candidates on Tuesday, May 7, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The Eighth Suffolk District encompasses the Back Bay, Beacon Hill, West End, Cambridgeport, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

"This State Representative Candidates Forum for the 8th Suffolk District being sponsored by the Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Cambridgeport and the West End neighborhood associations, continues the long tradition of these local civic groups coming together to hold events to let our residents know about the candidates running for public office, and their respective positions about the issues that matter most to our neighborhoods," Rob Whitney, a member of the Beacon Hill Civic Association's Board of Directors, and the event’s organizer, said in a statement.

Beacon Hill resident Jay Livingstone and Back Bay resident Josh Dawson are running as Democrats for the seat, which was previously held by former state Rep. Martha “Marty” Walz. The two recently debated at events hosted by the Boston Ward 5 Democratic Committee and the Cambridge Ward 5 Democratic Committee.

The forum will focus on issues facing the downtown neighborhoods of Boston and Cambridge. Boston Courant publisher David Jacobs will serve as moderator, and if time allows audience members will have a chance to ask questions.

The forum will be held in the Hill House Auditorium, at 127 Mt. Vernon St, on the Flat of Beacon Hill. It is open to the public.

"All of the candidates running for this office will be in attendance, and it will be a great way for the neighborhoods to learn more about the candidates," Whitney said.

E-mail Kaiser at Johanna.yourtown@gmail.com. For more news about your city, town, neighborhood, or campus, visit boston.com’s Your Town homepage.

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