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Moore Students Hosting Mayoral Forum Oct. 29

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Moore Students Hosting Mayoral Forum Oct. 29
Posted on 10/25/2019
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Lyman Moore Middle School sixth- and seventh-graders will be hosting a mayoral forum on Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the school cafeteria.

All four candidates running for election as mayor of the city of Portland on Nov. 5 are expected to attend: current Mayor Ethan Strimling; City Councilor Spencer Thibodeau; Kate Snyder, former Portland Board of Public Education member and chair; and Travis Curran, a political newcomer. The student-run forum is free and open to the public.

The purpose of the mayoral forum to inform students and encourage good citizenship. All sixth- and seventh-grade students at Moore are learning about local elections and studying the mayoral race in particular and will put their knowledge to use in the forum, said social studies teacher David Hilton, who is helping to organize the event, along with teachers Regina Morton, Lisa Howell, and Lex Lyon.

The mayoral forum has become a tradition at Moore. In 2011, the school’s students got involved in a historic election in this city by hosting a forum for candidates vying to become Portland’s first popularly elected mayor in nearly nine decades. When the mayor’s seat came up for election four years later, in 2015, they hosted another forum. Now, with the mayor’s seat in play again, Moore students are holding their third mayoral forum.

If this forum is like previous ones, the candidates shouldn’t expect a walk in the park. Students asked questions that sought to determine the differences between the candidates and drilled them on topics important to students and their families.