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Mayoral candidates set 3 debates

Boston’s two mayoral candidates will meet in three live television debates next month to expound on issues critical to the city, their campaigns announced Friday.

The debates between City Councilor John R. Connolly and state Representative Martin J. Walsh will take place on three Tuesdays in October. Formats are still being negotiated and will be announced later, the campaigns said.

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“After discussions between our campaigns, we agree that televised debates will provide an important forum for voters to gain the information they need to make an informed decision in November’s mayoral election,’’ the campaigns said in a joint statement. “In addition, we believe that these debates would offer a broader platform for the many community groups wishing to have their substantive issues discussed during the campaign.”

The first debate, set for Oct. 15, will be hosted by WBZ-TV, WBZ-1030 AM, and the Globe. Political analyst Jon Keller of WBZ will moderate along with a yet-to-be-named Globe reporter.

The second debate will be held Oct. 22. It will be sponsored by WGBH-TV and WGBH-Radio. WGBH’s Jim Braude and Margery Eagan, both hosts of “Boston Public Radio,’’ will serve as moderators.

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The final debate is scheduled for Oct. 29, and sponsored by a media consortium that includes WHDH-TV, NECN, WGBH-TV, WCVB-TV, WGBH Radio, WBUR Radio, and Bloomberg Radio. A moderator has not yet been named.

Given the demands on their campaigns before the Nov. 5 election, Connolly and Walsh said they are urging the media consortiums that have organized previous debates to work with community and advocacy groups that organized various forums during the preliminary race to ensure the debates are substantive.

Meghan E. Irons can be reached at meghan.irons@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @meghanirons.
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