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MWCC Hosts Gardner Debates

Gardner mayoral candidates Mayor Mark Hawke and City Councilor Christine Wilson.

Gardner’s two mayoral candidates squared off in a debate on Oct. 16 at MWCC’s Gardner campus in advance of the Nov. 5 election.

Incumbent Gardner Mayor Mark Hawke and Ward 2 Councilor Christine Wilson shared their views on economic development, the municipal budget, taxes and other priority topics during the 90 minute debate co-sponsored by MWCC’s Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement and the Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce.

The city’s political debates will continue at the MWCC campus on Oct. 22 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. with candidates for at large city council seats, and on Oct. 23 from 7 to 8:45 p.m. with ward councilor candidates. Those events are co-sponsored by the college and The Gardner News.