"These forums give Hoboken voters a chance to hear candidates for office answer the questions they care most about in an even-handed and direct format," states the release.
On Thursday Oct. 12 at the Mile Square Theater at 1400 Clinton St., and Monday Oct. 16 at the Multiservice Center at 124 Grand St., the 14 at-large city council candidates will speak at public forums.
Due to the large number of candidates for the three open at-large City Council seats, the QLC used a software program to randomly assign the 14 candidates into two groups of seven. The candidates assigned to Oct. 12 are Laini Hammond, Joshua Einstein, Michael Flett, Vanessa Falco, Andrew Impastato, Councilman David Mello, and Angelo Valente. The candidates assigned to Oct. 16 are Charles Matthews, Sal Starace, Jim Aibel, Jason Ellis, Emily Jabbour, John Allen, and Jim Doyle.
On Thursday Oct. 19 the Board of Education candidates will meet at the School Hall of the Church of Our Lady of Grace and St. Joseph at 422 Willow Ave. and On Wednesday Oct. 25 the mayoral candidates will meet at DeBaun Auditorium at 24 Fifth St.
Each forum will begin at 7 p.m. and will last about two hours, with a brief intermission.
This year’s candidates forums will follow an established format with questions submitted on index cards by members of the audience and posed to each of the candidates in turn by moderator Bob Bowdon, a professional interviewer and longtime resident of Hoboken.
Each candidate will have a minute and a half to respond, and the order of response will be randomized each round.
A video of the sorting process is posted on the QLC Facebook page.