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Congress, State Senate Candidates to Debate

Contenders Square off at Events on Monday, Oct. 29

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Candidates vying to serve Massachusetts' 3rd Congressional District and the state Senate's 1st Middlesex District will share their views at two free debates for the public at University Crossing.


Contact: Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944 or and Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209 or

WHEN: Monday, Oct. 29, 6 and 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: University Crossing, 220 Pawtucket St., Lowell. Contact UMass Lowell media relations for directions and parking information.

WHAT: Candidates vying to represent Massachusetts’ 3rd Congressional District and the state Senate’s 1st Middlesex District will share their views at two free debates for the public and campus before the general election, which is Tuesday, Nov. 6. 

State Senate hopefuls in the 1st Middlesex District race, Democrat Edward Kennedy and Republican John MacDonald, will square off at 6 p.m. Each is looking to replace former state Sen. Eileen Donoghue, who resigned earlier this year to become Lowell’s city manager. The district serves constituents in Dunstable, Groton, Lowell, Pepperell, Tyngsborough and Westford.

The second debate at 7:30 p.m., will feature Republican Rick Green, independent Michael Mullen and Democrat Lori Trahan, each looking to replace U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas as the representative to Congress for Massachusetts’ 3rd District.  

The event, presented by UMass Lowell and The Sun, will be moderated by the newspaper’s Enterprise Editor Chris Scott. Panelists posing questions to the candidates will include Boston Globe State House Bureau Chief Frank Phillips, Sun reporters Chris Lisinski and Rick Sobey, and UMass Lowell students from Sudbury and Winchester.

Members of the public who would like to attend the event should RSVP by emailing