City Council candidates Joseph J. Bevilacqua and Michael J. Hart.
Story updated to reflects comments by Joseph J. Bevilacqua.
Two of the perceived front-runners for seats on the Haverhill City Council won’t be present at Wednesday night’s candidates’ form, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Haverhill.
Candidates Joseph J. Bevilacqua and former council President Michael J. Hart will not be participating, according to a league spokesperson. Bevilacqua is reportedly busy with the annual dinner of the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce, where he is employed as president. Hart is said to be out of town. All six school committee candidates are expected to attend.
Bevilacqua told WHAV he offered to pre-record his statements or attend early, but was told by league officials that would not be possible.
The “Meet the Candidates Night” involves city council and school committee candidates. It will take place Wednesday, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Haverhill High School library. Rebecca Backman, of the League of Women Voters of Andover/North Andover, will moderate the forum.
School committee candidates will launch the forum, providing opening and closing statements and answering questions between 6 and 7 p.m. They include incumbents Scott W. Wood Jr. and Shaun P. Toohey and challengers Pamela Conte, Gail M. Sullivan, former City Councilor Sven A. Amirian and Michael Shurman.
Beginning at 7 p.m., the 13 participating city council candidates will also provide opening and closing statements and answer questions. Participants are expected to include incumbents Melinda E. Barrett, Colin F. LePage, William J. Macek, Michael S. McGonagle, John A. Michitson, Mary Ellen Daly O’Brien, Thomas Sullivan and William H. Ryan and former councilors David E. Hall and Kenneth E. Quimby Jr., Katrina Everett, Fred A. Simmons and Andy Vargas.