Candidate forums coming up in Newton

The League of Women Voters of Newton and NewTV are cosponsoring candidate forums that will be held in the local-access station’s studios at 23 Needham St., Newton Highlands. The series will start on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 5:30 p.m. with candidates for alderman at large in Ward 5. On Thursday, Oct. 8, the forum will host Ward 5 School Committee candidates at 6 p.m., Ward 3 alderman at large candidates at 7 p.m., and Ward 2 alderman at large at 8 p.m. On Oct. 22 at 7 p.m., the public will hear from candidates for Ward 8 alderman at large. Two contests — between incumbent Ward 1 Alderwoman Alison Leary and Allan Ciccone Sr., and incumbent Ward 2 School Committee member Margaret Albright and Cyrus Vaghar — will not be included in the forums, after the challengers declined to participate. Questions for the candidates can be e-mailed to info@lwvnewton.org. The league asks that questions be as short as possible, and relevant to all the candidates in a particular race.

Ellen Ishkanian can be reached at eishkanian@gmail.com.