LWV Candidate Forums Start Tuesday

By Chris Wangler 
October 16, 2023

The League of Women Voters Waltham is hosting three candidate forums before the November 7 municipal election. 

The goal is to familiarize voters with those running this fall and encourage voter participation.

The forums feature candidates in citywide races for mayor, city councilor at large and school committee [see complete rundown below].

All the forums will take place at Government Center and start at 7:00 p.m.

The at-large forum, moderated by retired Waltham attorney Alice Taylor, will take place on Tuesday, October 17. Twelve candidates are seeking six seats.

The school committee forum, moderated by retired attorney and teacher Alan Humbert, follows on Thursday, October 19. Five candidates are seeking three seats.

The final forum, for mayoral candidates, will be moderated by retired pianist, teacher and activist Joan Garniss and takes place on Thursday, October 26. 

The MAC channel will record the league’s three forums for broadcast and streaming before the municipal election on Tuesday, November 7.

You can also learn more about the candidates by watching our “You Don’t Say” candidate statements on the Waltham Channel.

Candidates below are listed in alphabetical order, with incumbents listed first with asterisks (*). First-time candidates are in italics.


Jeannette McCarthy*
Jonathan Paz
School Committee (three seats)
Margy Donnelly*
Teddy Tarallo*
Carolina Lara
Tammy Wong-Bigelow
James Zanghi
At-Large Councilor (six seats)
Colleen Bradley-MacArthur* 
Randy LeBlanc* 
Kathy McMenimen*
Patrick O’Brien*
Tom Stanley*
Carlos Vidal*
Paul Brasco
George Darcy
Steve Duffy
Tim King
Emily Saperia
Emma Tzioumis
Ward 1 Councilor
Anthony LaFauci*
Lizzie Gelles
Ward 2 Councilor
Caren Dunn*
Ward 3 Councilor
Bill Hanley
Paul Tracey
Ward 4 Councilor
John McLaughlin*
John Tracy
Ward 5 Councilor
Joey LaCava*
Ward 6 Councilor
Sean Durkee*
Ward 7 Councilor
Paul Katz*
Robert Davis
Ward 8 Councilor
Cathyann Harris*
Ward 9 Councilor
Eamon Dawes
Robert Logan