Democratic candidates in the race to succeed Edward J. Markey in Congress are set to take part in a number of forums on the coming days. Each provide the candidates with an opportunity to differentiate themselves from a field where many of the hopefuls share similar policy positions.
The forums often attract the most politically active voters, which means the candidates can make their pitch to people who are likely to show up at the polls in the middle of October -- and might bring along friends and family.
The race to suceed Markey has, so far, not gotten a lot of media attention, so the candidate gatherings, some of which will be televised, also offer visibility to the Congressional hopefuls, though not every candidate has been invited to every forum.
While the details may change in the closing weeks of the campaign, these are among the forums currently scheduled:
-Sunday, Sept. 22: Candidate forum from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Framingham State University’s Dwight Hall, moderated by Massachusetts Democratic Party Chairman John Walsh and sponsored by the Democratic Town Committees of Ashland, Framingham, Holliston, Natick, Sherborn, Southborough, Sudbury, Wayland and Weston.
-Monday, Sept. 23: “Meet the Candidates” forum from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Cary Hall at 1605 Massachusetts Avenue in Lexington, hosted by state Representative Jay Kaufman.
-Thursday, Sept. 26: Candidate forum on “Energy, the Environment and the Innovation Economy” from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Arlington Town Hall at 730 Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington, hosted by a coalition of organizations and moderated by Boston Globe reporter Erin Ailworth.
-Sunday, Sept. 29: Candidate forum from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Wayland Middle School at 201 Main Street in Wayland, sponsored by the Leagues of Women Voters in Sudbury, Wayland and Weston.