Josh Zakim Challenges Galvin to Six Debates


Thursday, March 8, 2018

BOSTON—Secretary of State candidate Josh Zakim today challenged his opponent, Secretary William Galvin, to a series of six debates across Massachusetts so voters can learn about their plans and visions for the office.

Zakim is proposing one debate per month in various regions throughout the Commonwealth in the run-up to the state primary in September. He suggested working with a media partner in each area to host and moderate the debates.

“This office affects every person in Massachusetts, from voting rights to public records to being protected from financial scams to business registration, and they deserve to hear what our priorities are,” Zakim said. “I know the last time Secretary Galvin had a primary challenger he decided not to attend the only scheduled debate, so I'm offering him a wide range of options to choose from."

Zakim has made increasing access to government the cornerstone of his campaign, offering proposals to ease barriers to voting, including allowing Election Day registration and weekend voting, and stripping the mandated excuses required to get an absentee ballot. He also supports modernizing the office so as many public records as possible are digitized and accessible online.

“Bringing new ideas and innovation to the office is what prompted me to run in the first place,” Zakim said. “I’ve been thrilled to talk and listen to people all over the state, and I’ll be interested to hear what Secretary Galvin has in mind after 24 years in office.”

Zakim, who has served on the Boston City Council since 2014, is proposing debates in Western Massachusetts, Worcester, the Merrimack Valley, the South Coast, MetroWest and Boston between March and August.

“I will meet with Secretary Galvin anytime anywhere,” Zakim said. “The issues are too important, and this election is too important, to ignore the voters and avoid answering their questions.”