WATERVILLE — The three candidates vying for the job of Waterville mayor will meet at a pair of upcoming public forums at the city’s colleges.

Mayoral candidates Karen Heck, Andrew Roy and Dana Sennett are in the race for the Nov. 8 election.

They’ll meet first Monday at Thomas College off West River Road. The hour-long public forum is set to begin at 6 p.m. in Ayotte Auditorium.

Colby College will then host an hour-long debate on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. in Ostrove Auditorium, in the Diamond Building.

Heck, 59, an unenrolled candidate, is senior program officer for the Augusta-based Bingham Program, which provides grants for projects that support healthful living in Maine.

Roy, 37, a Republican, is owner of Andy’s DJ Service.

Incumbent Sennett, 59, a Democrat, is an advertising account executive for the Morning Sentinel.

Sennett became mayor in a special election held in June to fill the remaining term of Paul LePage, who resigned as the city’s mayor after being elected Maine governor.

The Thomas College mayoral debate is co-sponsored by the Morning Sentinel. It will be moderated by James Libby, an associate professor who teaches economics and political science, and chairman of the college’s Department of Business Administration.

Libby, a former candidate for governor in the 2002 Republican primary, also served as a member of the state House of Representatives from 1992 to 1996 and in the state Senate from 1996 to 2000.

Moderating the Colby College debate will be Sandy Maisel, a professor of government and director of the college’s Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement. Maisel is also a former candidate for Congress and a Democratic party activist.

Maisel said both he and audience members — many of them Colby students — will pose questions to the candidates. Among the topics that will be discussed, Maisel said, are the candidates’ positions on the upcoming election question of whether to repeal the Legislature’s recent prohibition of same-day voter registration.

Maisel noted that Colby has hosted two previous mayoral debates.

“We get a good audience and a lot of students participate, because many students consider this their home,” he said.

Scott Monroe — 861-9239

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