Published in the June 8, 2016 edition

WAKEFIELD – The six residents vying for one seat on the Board of Selectmen will square off in a candidates’ forum tonight on WCAT.

A special election has been called for July 19.
Beginning at 7 p.m. in the WCAT studio at the high school, Daniel L. Benjamin Jr., Mehreen N. Butt, Christopher J. Callanan, Nathaniel David Gayman, Allyson Gael Houghton and Phyllis J. Hull will debate questions posed by a press panel of two on WCAT’s government channel.
All are vying to fill the current short term, single seat vacancy on the board until the 2017 town election next April. The opening was created when Selectman Betsy Sheeran was elected Town Clerk this past April.
“A greater number of candidates has necessitated a longer debate,” said producer David Watts Jr. “I’ve extended the debate to 90 minutes to ensure that each candidate receives at least one direct question from one of the press panel, as well as the added time for closing statements.”
The press panel will consist of reporter/columnist Mark Sardella from the Wakefield Daily Item and Richard Tenorio, the editor of the Wakefield Observer. The debate moderator is, once again, Bill Carroll.
The public is invited to view the debates from WCAT’s front lobby and conference room.
The debates will be recablecast on WCAT’s government channel on a regular schedule through Monday, July 18.
Check the WCAT website – – for dates and times. The debate will also be viewable on the website a day after the live cablecast.