Capuano and Pressley volley over experience, case for change in debate

Boston City Councillor Ayanna Pressley and U.S. Rep. Mike Capuano participate in a debate at the the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at UMass Boston. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

A lively Tuesday afternoon debate between U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano and City Councillor At-Large Ayanna Pressley was another referendum on the value of experience versus a call for change and evolving representation.

Sponsored by WBUR and co-moderated by WBUR’s Meghna Chakrabarti and the Boston Globe’s Adrian Walker, the debate spotlighted both candidates’ backgrounds and how they would inform their approaches if elected to the Massachusetts 7th Congressional district.

Capuano, a 10-term incumbent and former mayor of Somerville, points to decades of advocacy on behalf of his district and a set of progressive bona fides. Pressley, the first woman of color elected to the Boston City Council, reiterated that she is making the case for the fresh blood and a new lens, even if the two opponents would likely vote along similar lines.

To read more and watch the entire debate, visit WBUR’s website.

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