2012 ELECTIONS ANNOUNCEMENT: Third Debate Between Sean Bielat and Joseph Kennedy III Will Take Place at Wellesley College

WELLESLEY, Mass., Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Wellesley College and the League of Women Voters invite the public to a debate between the candidates running for Congress in the Massachusetts 4th Congressional District: Sean Bielat (Republican) and Joseph Kennedy III (Democrat).

The contest to succeed U.S. Representative Barney Frank in the newly redrawn district is one of the most closely watched congressional races this election year. The debate at Wellesley is one of only three, offering citizens a rare opportunity to get to know the candidates and their positions a few weeks before the elections.

Moderated by The League of Women Voters' Jo-Ann Berry, co-chair of the Citizen Education Committee of the Massachusetts League, the debate takes place Monday, October 15, at 7:30 p.m. (doors open 6:45 for voter registration). H. Kim Bottomly, President of Wellesley College, and Karen Price, director of the Massachusetts League, will give opening remarks. The event is free and open to the public; parking is complementary. Public seating is first come, first served; no tickets required. The debate will be streamed live at www.wellesley.edu/PublicAffairs/Live (please note, web url is case sensitive).

According to President Bottomly, a lively exchange of ideas is not only central to Wellesley's role as a leading educational institution, but a hallmark of our very democracy. "We are pleased to join with the League to offer the candidates the opportunity to voice their positions on the important issues of the day—and we are delighted to invite our neighbors to enrich the discussion with a variety of perspectives," she said.

The district includes towns in Bristol County: Acushnet, Attleboro, Berkley, Dartmouth, Dighton, Easton, Fairhaven, Fall River, Freetown, Mansfield, New Bedford, North Attleboro, Norton, Raynham, Rehoboth, Seekonk, Somerset, Swansea, Taunton, and Westport; in Middlesex County: Newton and Sherborn; in Norfolk County: Bellingham, Brookline, Dover, Foxborough, Franklin, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Needham, Norfolk, Plainville, Sharon, Wellesley, and Wrentham; in Plymouth County: Halifax, Lakeville, Marion, Mattapoisett, Middleborough, Rochester, and Wareham; and in Worcester County: Hopedale and Milford.

Since 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in providing an excellent liberal arts education for women who will make a difference in the world. Its 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,400 undergraduate students from all 50 states and 75 countries. For more information, visit www.wellesley.edu.

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