Victor Mendolia, Democratic Candidate for Mayor of the City of Hudson has scheduled a town hall style meeting in place of a debate, since Republican incumbent William Hallenbeck Jr. has rejected numerous offers to debate.
Hallenbeck chose not to participate in a debate which was to be sponsored by the Register-Star and WGXC. Since Mendolia believes that the voters deserve the opportunity to hear directly from the candidates on the issues that are important to them, he will be holding a town hall meeting in place of the Mayoral debate.
The meeting will take place on Saturday Oct 26th at 2pm in the auditorium of the newly renovated Second Ward LLC (the former Charles Williams School). The town hall meeting will be moderated by Francesca (Olsen) Shanks, current editor at The Berkshire Eagle and former city editor of the Register-Star and Greg Mosley. Written questions will be accepted from audience members which will be sorted and asked by the moderators.
Mr. Mendolia commented "I am thrilled to be holding this Town Hall meeting in the 2nd Ward, an area of the city which is often the forgotten Ward of Hudson. I look forward to seeing people from all over Hudson join us in the 2nd Ward where I live, for this meeting to discuss Hudson's future."
Should he change his mind, the town hall meeting remains open to Mr. Hallenbeck, who has been formally invited to participate. Mr. Mendolia said, "I hope that the Mayor will reconsider and allow the public to compare our visions and our plans for the city. But either way, I will be there ready to share my thoughts and hear from the public about their concerns."
What: Town hall style meeting with Democratic candidate for Mayor Victor Mendolia (Mayor Hallenbeck has been invited to participate)
When: Saturday October 26th at 2pm. Written questions will be accepted starting at 1:45 pm