Massachusetts Election Debate Series

UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, WBUR radio, and The Boston Globe host a series of live political debates featuring primary candidates running for seats from several offices to better serve the residents across cities and towns of Massachusetts.

ELECTION 2020

Democratic Senate Debate

June 1, 2020

Media Coverage: Boston Globe I, Boston Globe II, WBUR I, WBUR II, Western Mass NewsWCVBCBS, Boston.com, MassLive I, MassLive II, Boston Herald, Politico

Bill Weld Presidential Town Hall

February 24, 2020

Media Coverage: YouTube, PhotosUMass Boston News, New Boston Post

ELECTION 2019

City Councilor At-Large Debate

October 22, 2019

Media Coverage: YouTube, Boston Globe, WBUR, Boston.com

ELECTION 2018

Governor's Debate: Charlie Baker and Jay Gonzalez

November 1, 2018

Media Coverage: YouTubeBoston Globe I, Boston Globe IIWCVB, MassLive, WGBHUS NewsBoston HeraldEagle TribuneSalem News

Attorney General Debate: Maura Healey and Jay McMahon

October 24, 2018

Media Coverage: YouTube, Photos, WBUR, Boston Globe

Ballot Question #1: Patient-to-Nurse Limits

October 22, 2018

Media Coverage: WBUR, Boston Globe

Ballot Question #2: Commission to Limit Election Spending

October 18, 2018

Media Coverage: WBUR, Boston Globe

Ballot Question #3: Transgender Anti-Discrimination Law

October 16, 2018

Media Coverage: WBUR

Secretary of State Debate: William Galvin and Josh Zakim

August 24, 2018

Media Coverage: YouTube, Photos, Boston Globe, WBUR, MassLive

Congressional Representative Debate: Michael Capuano and Ayanna Pressley

August 7, 2018

Media Coverage: YouTube, Photos, NowThis Politics, Boston GlobeWBURCBS, Boston HeraldPolitico, NBC Boston, WDHD, The HillGazette Net, Boston.com

Democratic Gubernatorial Debate: Jay Gonzalez and Bob Massie

May 17, 2018

Media Coverage: YouTube, Photos, Boston Globe I, Boston Globe II,
WBUR, Commonwealth Magazine

ELECTION 2017

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and challenger former City Councilor Tito Jackson kicked off the Boston Mayoral election as leading candidates ready to explore issues that are important to the city’s future. These conversations were cosponsored and broadcasted live on WBUR, the Boston Globe, NBC Boston, NECN, and Telemundo Boston.

Live Conversation with Mayor Marty Walsh

July 20, 2017

Media Coverage: YouTube, WBUR

Live Conversation with City Councilor Tito Jackson

July 19, 2017

Media Coverage: YouTube, Boston Globe, WBUR

ELECTION 2016

As ballot questions often get little public notice, this series of debates was intended to raise the profile and further the discussion of the important ballot questions facing Massachusetts voters on November 8, 2016. All four questions are initiative petitions that would enact new laws. Each debate featured representatives on both sides of the ballot questions, as designated by the groups formally proposing or opposing each question.
 

Question 1: Gambling

September 27, 2016

Question 1: would allow for an additional slots gambling parlor
featured David Nealley, Bangor (Maine) City Council and Celeste Ribeiro Myers, No Eastie Casino

Moderated by: Meghna Chakrabarti, WBUR and Stephanie Ebbert, The Boston Globe

Media Coverage: YouTube, WBUR

Question 2: Charter Schools

September 13, 2016

Question 2: would raise the cap on charters schools debate featured
former state Representative Marty Walz, currently principal of Marty Walz and Associates, on behalf of Great Schools Massachusetts, and Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson on behalf of Save our Schools.

Moderated by: Meghna Chakrabarti, WBUR and David Scharfenberg, The Boston Globe

Media Coverage: YouTube, UMass Boston News, WBUR

Question 3: Farm Regulation

September 20, 2016

Question 3: would regulate the treatment of farm animals featured Bill Bell of New England Brown Egg Council, opposition and Paul Shapiro on The Humane Society,in favor of the measure.

Moderated by: Deborah Becker, WBUR and Joshua Miller, The Boston Globe

Media Coverage: YouTube, UMass Boston News, WBUR

Question 4: Marijuana

October 4, 2016

Question 4: would legalize the use of recreational marijuana featured Jim Borghesani, from the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol, who spoke in favor of the measurand State Senator Jason Lewis who spoke in opposition.

Moderated by: Deborah Becker, WBUR and Joshua Miller, The Boston Globe

Media Coverage: YouTube, UMass Boston News, WBUR