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Sears, Miceli To Debate Just Once Before Election

Incumbent state representative declines invitations from local media outlets for two additional debates.

Republican Doug Sears says he is anxious to debate D-Wilmington, as many times as possible in the days leading up to the Nov. 6 Election.

Miceli has made clear he will only agree to one debate.

That one debate will take place on Oct. 24 in the Tewksbury Memorial High School Auditorium. The event will be sponsored by the Lowell Sun and will feature a media panel including representatives from Patch and the Town Crier.

Tewksbury Patch and Wilmington Patch had invited Sears and Miceli to participate in a one-on-one debate at Tewksbury Town Hall on Oct. 11. Similarly, the Town Crier had teamed with the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce and Wilmington Public Access Television for a debate in Wilmington. In both cases Sears readily accepted the invitation but Miceli declined.

The following email was sent our earlier this week from Warren Carey, who is serving as Miceli's campaign manager.

Rep. Miceli will participate in the Lowell Sun Tewksbury Memorial High School Debate Wednesday, October 24th, and sees it as the best venue available to the voters of the District.

The Town Crier's proposal for the previous evening, October 23rd, was good but two consecutive dates would be awkward.

We do not see the Patch Town Hall discussed event as substantial as the Lowell Sun scheduled series and do not believe the publicity and potential would be as great. The inclusion of the invitation of the State Senate Candidates to the T.M.H.S. Debate by the Lowell Sun is also a major plus for those attending.

Warren R. Carey, For the Miceli Campaign

Sears, a Tewksbury Selectman, said he was frustrated and disappointed by Miceli's decision and said he believed the incumbent was attempting to limit public exposure and limit the occasions when he would be questioned about his voting record.

"We should be having multiple debates," said Sears. "This is a perfect example of why we need to end the 'one-party rule in this state."

According to Sears, he and his campaign manager Don Ordway, were scheduled to meet with Miceli, Carey and members of the media on Tuesday, Oct. 9 to discuss debate format and the possibility of additional debates. However, Miceli, Carey and the representatives from the Lowell Sun were no-shows, said Sears. When Sears called the Lowell Sun for an explanation, he says he was told that Carey had cancelled the meeting because "everything was settled."

The debate on Oct. 24 will be a "double-header," also featuring a debate between state Sen. Barry Finegold, D-Andover, and his challenger, R-Andover.

RunningGreen October 10, 2012 at 09:28 PM
I believe that it is currently under negotiation. Broadcasting access may be restored in time for the debate, but I can't say for sure given the fact that I'm not aware of the details of talks between cable providers and the town right town.
malcolm nichols October 11, 2012 at 01:00 PM
The logic for accepting the Tewksbury debate only is that Miceli is willing to conceed Tewksbury as it is the home town of Sears. Or can Wilmington broadcast from our HS?
Mario Marchese October 11, 2012 at 02:42 PM
WCTV can easily broadcast from Tewksbury. They did it two years ago from the Middle School in my debate with the Representative.
Douglas W. Sears October 12, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Mario: Miceli debated you one night and the next day did a debate at the SUN studios? Back to back debates. Warren Carey writes: "two consecutive dates would be awkward." Must be true that Jim's just not up to being out two nights in a row anymore? [Or is that "awkward" for me to say?] The antics of this dynamic debate-dodging duo is representative of why IT'S TIME TO RETIRE ONE PARTY RULE -- to retire Jim Miceli! This is Jim’s MO for over 35 years -- play to Tewksbury, ignore Wilmington – and, now, people named “Sears.” There are more registered voters in Tewksbury, and higher percentage of them vote than vote in Wilmington. Jim takes Wilmington's for granted. Tewksbury, he believes, will carry him through. Proof? Jim goes to Tewksbury High School graduations. Wilmington High School graduations are "awkward." Jim went to the Army/Navy game 2011 instead of the Wilmington Town Meeting on building a new high school. If we do have a debate or "interview" on WCTV, Jim -- please attend. If otherwise, I plan to stand at a podium next to Big Bird nested in an eastwoodesque barcalounger for me to address just so Jim's absence won't be too "awkward"! Doug.
Cecil Moore October 12, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Selectman Sears, Sir, you should tread very carefully when making accusations and airing your version of dirty laundry that you are attempting to hang on your opponent. In 2004, at a Special Town Meeting, you conveyed to the detail police officers that you were going to "act out" so that you would get "thrown out" of the meeting before the vote. That way you didn't have to take an official stand with a counted vote. That sounds cowardly and certainly not a position that I want my beacon hill representative to take. Should we get 911 police phone calls as public record, current ethic complaint investigations, and intimidating a school official out in the open? or should we just keep those indiscretions in Tewksbury and away from the Wilmington voters? If nothing else you are certainly entertaining. C. Moore

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