WATERVILLE — The three candidates for mayor meet in a final public forum Thursday night .

Democratic candidate Steve Aucoin, Republican Nick Isgro and Karen Rancourt-Thomas, who is running without party affiliation, will answer questions in the debate sponsored by the Morning Sentinel and Thomas College.

The debate, from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, is open to the public and will be live streamed at centralmaine.com.

Questions for the candidates will be posed by Jim Libby, academic dean and a professor of business administration at Thomas College.

The debate format calls for three-minute opening statements, then Libby will ask questions he and Morning Sentinel staff members developed.

Members of the audience will also be able to submit questions for Libby to ask the candidates. The moderator will have the option of pressing candidates for clarification and asking followup questions.

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Debating will conclude with closing statements, which will also be three minutes in length.

The candidates previously met in a debate at Waterville City Hall and answered questions in a formal setting during an appearance at the Albert S. Hall School in Waterville.

Aucoin, Isgro and Rancourt-Thomas are running to succeed Mayor Karen Heck, who is not seeking a second three-year term.

The debate will be held in the Ayotte Auditorium at Thomas College on West River Road.


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