The Boston Ward 5 Democratic Committee (Back Bay/Beacon Hill/Bay Village) hosted a “Candidates Debate” last Wednesday between incumbent Dianne Wilkerson and her challenger Sonia Chang-Diaz, who are both vying to become the next Senator from the Massachusetts Second Suffolk District. State Representative Marty Walz moderated the debate.
The debate took place at Emerson College’s Bill Bordy Auditorium, 216 Tremont Street, Boston, beginning at 7:15 pm and lasted for over an hour, and included questions from the moderator on such issues as affordable housing, casino gambling, charter schools, paying for health care costs, paid police details at construction sites, economic development, and university expansion in Boston. Over sixty persons were in attendance. It was a wonderful debate between two strong and articulate candidates. Everyone was very impressed by the caliber of the discussion of the issues by both candidates.
Immediately after the debate, a vote was taken by the members of the Boston Ward 5 Democratic Committee on whether to endorse either of the two candidates. Senator Wilkerson captured 2/3 of the votes of the committee members, and won the Committee’s endorsement for re-election.