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City Council candidates readying for campaign push, forum

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So far, it’s been the campaign that wasn’t.

Since the primary more than three weeks ago, not much has been heard from the four candidates running for Watertown City Council. The general election is Nov. 5.

Challenger Cody J. Horbacz is wondering why it’s been such a quiet affair.

“I’ve been disappointed there hasn’t been more interest,” said Mr. Horbacz, who is making his first run for public office.

The other candidates are incumbents Teresa R. Macaluso and Jeffrey M. Smith and challenger Stephen A. Jennings. The top two vote-getters will be elected to four-year terms.

Voters have a chance to ask questions of the four candidates during a public forum at 7 p.m. Friday at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 1330 Gotham St.

Attendees will be given a ticket and, if their ticket is selected, they will have a chance to ask a question of the candidates. Each candidate will have one minute to respond.

Despite the lack of active campaigns, all four candidates said Wednesday they are ready to gear up for the last month.

They insisted the forum will kick off their campaigns for the Nov. 5 election. And they said they believe people will get more excited about it as the big day gets closer.

The two challengers said they plan to go door to door in the coming days. Ms. Macaluso plans to use her business, Brew Ha Ha, 468 Coffeen St., as a way to meet and talk to voters.

“I think people have already made up their minds,” she said.

All of them continue to distribute signs, although it seems there are not a lot of them displayed. Mr. Smith and Mr. Jennings intend to distribute campaign literature and mailings.

Mr. Jennings said he plans to “identify voter-rich areas” of the city before he heads out to neighborhoods to garner support. “I’ve been talking with people, chatting with people,” he said.

As for why the lack of interest, Mr. Smith said maybe voters are not seeking change.

“It could be because we’re doing a good job,” he said.

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