Tonight, some of the most powerful people in Waltham will come together to talk to citizens about how to get things done.
It’s the first in a series of forums to meet the city’s leaders and potential leaders as Election Day approaches.
Dubbed “Waltham Town Hall 2009,’’ the forums are sponsored by boston.com/waltham, Back Pages Books, WCAC-TV, WATCH, and Cafe on the Common, where the events will be held.
Friday’s forum, 6 to 8 p.m., will feature state Senator Susan Fargo, state Representative Peter Koutoujian, Mayor Jeannette McCarthy, and an aide to Congressman Edward Markey.
Alex Green, owner of Back Pages Books and series organizer, said he doesn’t know who to call about an issue and he knows many feel the same. He hopes the first session will help remedy that. “It should answer the basic question: How does our city interact with the state and the federal government,’’ he said.
The Oct. 7 and 14 sessions will introduce at-large City Council candidates on topics such as education, infrastructure, development, and housing, he said.
In preliminary elections Tuesday, voters trimmed at-large council candidates from 13 to 12. The remaining 12 will compete Nov. 3 for six at-large seats and will be divided between the second and third forums.
The race is shaping up to be contentious. Although incumbents are often thought to have the advantage, relative newcomer Diane LeBlanc won the second highest vote tally among at-large candidates last week, according to unofficial results from the city.
LeBlanc, a first-time candidate, got the second highest number of votes, with 2,322.
LeBlanc is regional administrator for the National Archives.
First-time candidate Anthony Savarese was eliminated, getting 583 votes. Incumbent Councilor and state Representative Thomas Stanley got the most votes.
The fourth forum will feature the four candidates vying for three School Committee seats.
Waltham Town Hall 2009 is held Oct. 2, 7, 14, 23, 6-8 p.m., Cafe on the Common, 677 Main St. The League of Women Voters of Waltham will co-sponsor candidates nights at Waltham High with the Waltham West Suburban Chamber of Commerce. School Committee candidates are Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m. At-large City Council candidates are Oct. 22, 7 p.m. Lisa Kocian can be reached at 508-820-4231 or firstname.lastname@example.org.