Manchester high schoolers hear the candidates debate
Donna Le, a senior at Memorial, holds her warning card, with fellow timekeeper Christina Doan, a junior at Derryfield, during the Manchester Youth Advisory Council Candidates Debate. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
“Part of it is the World Series. The other part is, we’re all extremely busy,” he said.
The first round — the aldermen at-large — actually preceded the first pitch. But it drew only two of the four candidates. Incumbent Dan O’Neill and challenger Will Infantine were no shows for the only scheduled debate in the campaign.
Conner Vest, a senior at Memorial High School, moderated the aldermen debate.
“I stepped out of my comfort zone tonight,” Vest said. Besides speaking in front of a crowd, he had to ready questions, listen to answers and keep the debate moving.The second debate involved incumbent Welfare Commissioner Paul Martineau and challenger Diane Guimond. The World Series began about halfway through their debate.
“We shouldn’t be talking about how much we’re saving. The first thing is what we’re doing for the poor,” Guimond said. But Martineau said his office both saves money and takes care of the poor.
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