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    Newton mayoral debate set for Oct. 5

    As election day approaches in Newton, the city’s two mayoral candidates are scheduled to debate Thursday, Oct. 5.

    Candidates Ruthanne Schwartz Fuller and Scott F. Lennon, the top finishers in the September preliminary election, will appear on the Nov. 7 ballot. The winner will replace outgoing Mayor Setti Warren, who has served two terms in office.

    The debate, sponsored by Uniting Citizens for Housing Affordability in Newton and the Newton Interfaith Clergy Association, will be held at The Eliot Church at 474 Centre St. at 7 p.m.

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    The focus will be on housing and general quality-of-life issues, said Josephine McNeil, co-chairwoman of the citizens’ group. The debate will be moderated by Greg Reibman, president of the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber.

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    Fuller is a Ward 7 councilor-at-large and Lennon is a Ward 1 councilor-at-large who doubles as the city council president. During the campaign, both have argued that the city must find ways to increase Newton’s supply of affordable housing.

    Last year, Warren issued an affordable housing plan for the city that identified locations throughout the city as potential sites for future developments.

    John Hilliard can be reached at john.hilliard@globe.com.