Two mayoral debates (and a Rendell-involved forum) on tap next week

 The mayoral candidates, shown here at the Health and Human Services Mayoral Forum, are fewer than three weeks away from the primary season. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

The mayoral candidates, shown here at the Health and Human Services Mayoral Forum, are fewer than three weeks away from the primary season. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

As Philadelphia’s mayoral-primary season approaches its conclusion, a trio of events early next week will offer candidates a chance to field questions from both children and adults.

It all starts off at 9 a.m. Monday when candidates will catch up with fourth and fifth graders at the School District of Philadelphia headquarters (440 N. Broad St.) for the Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement mayoral forum.

According to a recent NewsWorks story:

The forum will be live streamed in elementary, middle and high schools across the city (via the School District’s website).

The idea, former mayor and Gov. Ed Rendell said, is to use the event to teach young, future voters about what mayors do and what elections mean. He hopes getting students involved will put pressure on their parents to get out and vote.

“Everyone talks about the undue influence of big money and is correct, but the undue influence of big money occurs because ordinary citizens don’t get involved,” Rendell said. “If 85, 90 percent of our citizens voted in every election, big money would be cut off at the knees.”

For more information about the event, check The Rendell Center’s Facebook page.

The Next Mayor debate

That night, attention shifts 14 blocks north for The Next Mayor Debate, scheduled for 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Temple Performing Arts Center (1837 N. Broad St.)

Co-sponsored by members of The Next Mayor partnership (including ours truly), WHYY senior reporter Dave Davies will co-moderate the debate.

Let us help you decide who to vote for in the mayoral primary. Hear candidates address the issues that matter to you — education, taxes, quality of life, economic development, transportation, tech policy, and more.

A livestream for the debate will appear on this page, but NinetyNine will be on hand to livetweet as well. Want to attend the event? Registration is available via this link.

Third televised debate

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, the six Democratic candidates will head over to 6abc’s studios for the hour-long, commercial-free “Philadelphia Mayoral Primary Election 2015.”

Have questions for the candidates? 6abc asks that you send them in via this link.

Won’t be in front of a TV from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday? The debate will be live streamed on 6abc.com and via the Watch-ABC app.

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