Few policy differences among mayoral hopefuls

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WORCESTER – The four candidates for mayor squared off in a fast-paced debate at Mechanics Hall Thursday night, and when all was said and done they ended up sharing more common ground on the issues than differences.

They all agreed that City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. is doing a very good job. They pretty much all voiced support for School Superintendent Maureen Binienda. They believe that Worcester is a safe city, that more affordable housing is needed in Worcester, that more needs to be done to promote the commercial air service offered at Worcester Regional Airport, as well as the need for more frequent commuter rail service between the city and Boston.

But they also showed some differences, especially when it comes to the city’s tax rates, the city’s economic development agenda and whether the city has done enough to diversify its workforce and the membership on its boards and commissions.

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