The three candidates running for the office of mayor of Revere – Mayor Dan Rizzo, Councilor-at-Large Brian Arrigo, and Cheryl Whittredge – have agreed to participate in a mayoral debate to be held Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m.
The Revere Journal and Revere Youth In Action are co-sponsoring the debate that will be broadcast live on Revere TV under the direction of Bob Dunbar.
The moderators for the debate will be Revere Youth In Action’s Program Director Juan Jaramillo and Revere Journal reporter Sue Ellen Woodcock. Revere High student Joseph Ward, a member of Youth In Action, will provide the introductory remarks.
The mayoral debate is being held six days in advance of the Tuesday, Sept. 1 preliminary election The top two finishers in the preliminary election will advance to the final election set for Tuesday, Nov. 3.
All three candidates said they were looking forward to the debate.
“Public debates are a cornerstone of our democracy,” said Rizzo. “We have many accomplishments to be proud of in Revere, but there is still more that we can accomplish together. We are speaking with voters every day on their doorsteps and at their kitchen tables, sharing our track record and vision for Revere’s future. I look forward to doing the same at this debate.”
Arrigo said, “I am looking forward to having an open and honest discussion about the future of the city and hearing the different viewpoints that candidates have. I’ve been on the City Council for the last four years and the City Council has done some good work and I look forward to highlighting some of the work that I have done and show what I’ll be able to do as mayor, my vision of the future.”
Arrigo said his campaign volunteers have been knocking on doors, sign holding, and phone banking. “We’ve been doing everything we can to get the message and we’ve been working very hard.”
Whittredge said she is enthusiastic about the debate and also having the top spot among the three candidates on the ballot for the preliminary election.
“I am enthusiastically looking forward to participating in the debate with Mayor Rizzo and Councilor-at-Large Brian Arrigo,” said Whittredge. “I am also pleased that I will be in the top spot on the ballot.”
Jaramillo, a 2012 graduate of Revere High School and a student at UMass/Boston who ran for School Committee in the last election, said volunteers from Revere Youth in Action, an organization consisting of high school students and college-age residents, will be knocking on doors in the city to inform residents about the debate and the elections, as part of their yearly non-partisan, voter education work.