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First Suffolk and Middlesex District Senate seat candidates Lydia Edwards, Joseph Boncore, Paul Rogers, Diana Hwang, Jay Livingstone and Steven Morabito share the stage at the Josiah Quincy Elementary School.

First Suffolk and Middlesex District Senate seat candidates Lydia Edwards, Joseph Boncore, Paul Rogers, Diana Hwang, Jay Livingstone and Steven Morabito share the stage at the Josiah Quincy Elementary School.

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State Senate candidates speak at Chinatown forum

Affordable housing, immigrant issues take center stage in coalition-run forum

A new coalition of Boston Asian-American organizations hosted a forum March 16 to introduce candidates in the First Suffolk and Middlesex State Senate race to a Chinatown audience. Less than a month remains before the April 12 primary election that will determine which one of seven Democratic hopefuls will advance to the May 8 special election necessitated by the recent resignation of Sen. Anthony Petruccelli.