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Sun Sponsoring Selectmen’s Debate in Dracut

April 16, 2019

A Sun Staff Report

DRACUT -- All four candidates vying for two seats on the Board of Selectmen have agreed to participate in a Sun-sponsored debate next Monday, April 22, at Harmony Hall.

Incumbents Tony Archinski and Jesse Forcier have agreed to participate, as challengers, Brian Bond and John Joyce.

The event begins at 7 p.m. and will be over by 8. The election May 6.

Sun Enterprise Editor Christopher Scott will moderate, and the event will be covered by reporter Amaris Castillo.

There will be no opening statements, but candidates will be allowed two-minute closing statements. Questions will be posed to candidates in alphabetical order, and candidates will have about a minute to respond.

The Sun welcomes suggested questions from the community; email Scott at cscott@lowellsun.com .

If re-elected, it would be Archinski’s third three-year term. A retired Dracut police lieutenant, he was the board’s previous chairman. Archinski serves as the board’s representative to the Open Space and Bylaw Review Committee and has served on the Government Rules & Regulations Committee.

If re-elected, it would be Forcier’s second term. He is just wrapping up his term as chairman. Forcier previously served on the Planning Board, but resigned in 2016 when he was elected to the Board of Selectmen.

Bond is a producer and co-host of “The Dracut Connection” on Dracut Access TV and a member of the station’s board of directors. He has also served on the Dracut Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, and as a board member of the Community Preservation Commission and Planning Board.

Joyce is a U.S. Navy Seabee veteran and comedian who has run previously, albeit unsuccessfully, for the Board of Selectmen.