Worcester mayoral candidates square off in first debate

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WORCESTER – For two hours, three mayoral candidates were peppered with 15 questions Monday night, covering a variety of topics related to the city government and the public schools, including public safety, community race relations, taxes, the role of the mayor and even local civic engagement.

When all was said and done with the first mayoral debate, the differences between the three candidates became quite clear.

If the state of things in Worcester were to be compared to a half-filled glass of water, based on what incumbent Joseph M. Petty had to say, he would likely view the glass as being half full – reflecting his belief that the city is moving in the right direction and things are not as dire as some people have made them out to be.

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