Boston mayoral candidates meet for final forum

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September 19, 2013, 9:59 pm
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(NECN: Kathryn Sotnik, Boston) - The final Boston mayoral forum, called "Boston's Economic Opportunity- Mayoral Candidates Communicate Their Visions for Extending Economic Success to All," got off to a tame start Thursday night and a few comedic laughs after several of the candidates showed up late, one even saying he was late due to Boston rush-hour traffic.

But it soon turned business with the candidates addressing the issues.

The forum, held by The Boston Foundation, UMASS Boston, and WBUR, focused the first hour on education, affordable housing, state-run colleges, and diversity.

Perhaps the most spirited debate off the top revolved around a casino in or near Boston.

In the lightning round, candidates were asked what their favorite Boston sports moment is, and, if elected -- if they'd keep Commissioner Ed Davis as Boston Police Commissioner.

The preliminary election will take place next Tuesday. That's where two candidates will advance to the general election in November.

The only Republican candidate for mayor, David James Wyatt, was still not in attendance at the forum one hour into debate.

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