The three men running for mayor of Portland are scheduled to take part in their first public debate on Wednesday evening.

Mayor Michael Brennan, Green Independent Party leader Thomas MacMillan and former state Sen. Ethan Strimling are scheduled to answer questions and debate city policy.

The debate is sponsored by the Maine Charitable Mechanics Association. It is open to the public and will take place at Mechanics Hall at 519 Congress St. from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Herb Adams, a former state representative and a professor of social sciences at Southern Maine Community College, will moderate the debate.

Adams will ask questions during the first hour, and audience members will ask questions during the last 30 minutes.

The Maine Charitable Mechanics Association was formed in 1815 as a guild to support the city’s tradesmen. It has about 300 members and it provides scholarships and hosts community events.

The event is the first in a series of forums and debates that will be hosted by community groups leading up to the Nov. 3 election.

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