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Once an intern to the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, Dylan Hayre wanted to have a role in finding a successor

Boston College Law student organizes Democratic Candidates Forum

Once an intern to the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, Dylan Hayre wanted to have a role in finding a successor

By Melissa Beecher | Chronicle Staff
Published: November 25, 2009
The Senate race to fill the seat of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy has become very personal to second-year BC Law student Dylan Hayre '08.

Hayre served as an intern in Kennedy's office for several summers. When the election to fill his vacated seat started to take shape, Hayre said he wanted to have a role in finding a successor. Over the past two months, Hayre has been busy organizing a Democratic Candidates Forum with the assistance of Law School Dean John Garvey and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Michael Cassidy.

Scheduled for Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. in the Law School East Wing room 115A, the event will bring at least three of the four Democratic Senatorial candidates — Michael Capuano, Alan Khazei and Steve Pagliuca — to Boston College to answer question from students, faculty, and primary voters from throughout greater Boston. Martha Coakley has yet to confirm that she will attend.

"I think of this event as a final 'thank you' to Sen. Kennedy," said Hayre, who will open the event with a five-minute speech on Kennedy's legacy. "I learned so much working in Sen. Kennedy's office and owe so much to him."

The event is being sponsored by the Democratic City or Town Committees in Newton, Brookline, Natick, Boston Wards 6 and 19, Cambridge Wards 6 and 7, the Boston College Law School Democrats and the Boston College Women's Law Center.

Hayre said he wants an opportunity for younger voters to come face to face with candidates and think critically about the issues facing the state. The Boston College Law School Candidates Forum will be moderated by Assistant Professor Richard Albert who will lead a
60-minute question and answer period.

"Sen. Kennedy always was in touch with the people he represented and part of why these forums are so important is so that the candidates can have that connection with people, directly hear the questions that are most important to them," said Hayre.

Hayre adds that serving in Kennedy's office and being accepted to BC Law has helped revitalize his own interest in the political arena. The Natick resident has just been appointed to the town’s Council on Aging and he has declared his candidacy for the local housing authority.

Attendees are asked to RSVP by noon on Wednesday to BCLSForum@gmail.com. Questions that will be posted to the candidates are being accepted at the same email address.