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This story was corrected on Oct. 2, 2013. An explanation follows the story.

With the Rockville elections just over a month away, community groups and candidates are prepping for a series of debates planned throughout the city.

The city of Rockville’s channel 11 is televising three candidate debates.

The Rockville Community Coalition, a nonpartisan group, is sponsoring the first, planned for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, 603 Edmonston Drive.

Alan Frankle, president of the coalition, said in an email that the debate will cover a wide range of issues, and audience members will be able to submit written questions.

The Twinbrook Citizens Association is hosting the second televised debate, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Twinbrook Community Recreation Center, 12920 Twinbrook Parkway.

Finally, the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County is planning a televised debate for 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at Thomas Farm Community Recreation Center, 700 Fallsgrove Drive.

Those who can’t make it out to the debates in person can watch them on Rockville 11 on cable or on the city’s website. To access online streaming of Rockville 11, visit and click on Communication Center, then Videos On Demand, then Watch Rockville 11 Live.

Montgomery Community Media is slated to broadcast a debate hosted by the Rockville Chamber of Commerce on its channels 19 and 21. Andrea Jolly, the chamber’s executive director, said the debate will also be available for viewing on demand on and

That event is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 17 with a reception, followed by a mayoral debate at 6 p.m. and a council debate beginning at 7 p.m. The debate will be held at Montgomery Community Media, 7548 Standish Place. It is free and open to the public, but attendees are asked to register on the chamber’s website at

“It will be geared around business issues, but it should be of interest to residents, as well as business people,” Jolly said.

People may submit questions for the debate to; preference will be given to chamber members.

The Rockville Senior Citizens Commission is sponsoring a candidate forum at 1 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Drive. It is also free and open to the public. Terri Hilton, Rockville Seniors Inc. staff liaison, said the questions for discussion are typically senior-focused.

Another debate is planned for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at the King Farm Community Center, 300 Saddle Ridge Circle, and the West End Citizens Association is planning one for 7 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Rockville Senior Center.

The election is set for Nov. 5. Bridget Donnell Newton and Mark Pierzchala are running for mayor. Six candidates are seeking four council seats. They are Beryl L. Feinberg, Don Hadley, Tom Moore, Virginia Onley, Julie Palakovich Carr and Claire Marcuccio Whitaker.

A previous version of this story had the wrong date for the debate hosted by the Rockville Senior Citizens Commission. It is scheduled for Oct. 29.