[ed_note]We got this message from Jim Henderson, a candidate for Secretary of the Commonwealth. A common campaign strategy for incumbents is to avoid debating challengers – sadly it looks like Bill Galvin is among the many debate dodgers this cycle.[/ed_note]
Bill Galvin became to sole candidate for statewide office to refuse to debate this election season, after refusing to attend a scheduled forum to be hosted by Suffolk Universityâ€™s Rappaport Center. After being accused by Independent candidate Jim Henderson of dodging debate opportunities, Galvin noted at a Friday editorial board meeting in Needham, that the Suffolk debate was proof that he was willing to make his case to voters. However, organizers at the Rappaport Center confirmed Monday, that Galvinâ€™s campaign changed course and refused to commit to the event, contradicting the incumbentâ€™s Friday statement. In light of these circumstances, the organizers were forced on short notice to cancel the debate.