Suffolk University will join forces with the Boston Herald in its coverage of this year’s milestone Boston mayoral race through a series of timely polls, debates, forums and commentary.

The University, which already teams with the Herald on the weekly Press Party media analysis webcast, brings to the table an array of important tools for voters who want cutting-edge coverage of the mayoral battle. Students will play an important role in the partnership as they work alongside Herald reporters, question the candidates in forums and produce video and online reports on the race.

David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center, will provide surveys throughout the race, to be made available on and in the pages of the Boston Herald. Paleologos will contribute a special blog and column called Poll Pal, in which he will look deep behind the numbers to spotlight trends on issues, break down demographics and detect movement among the candidates as it happens.

John Nucci, Suffolk University’s vice president of Government and Community Affairs and a veteran of city politics, will offer ongoing analysis with insight into what is happening in the wards and precincts of the city as well as in the campaign boiler rooms.

Suffolk University and the Herald also will partner on mayoral debates and special events, building on a past relationship that brought voters the 2002 gubernatorial debate hosted by legendary newsman Tim Russert and the 2009 U.S. Senate Democratic primary debate.

Expanding hands-on experience for students

“We’re pleased to partner with the Boston Herald as it covers all angles of a mayoral race with great implications for the future of Boston,” said Suffolk University President Jim McCarthy. “Our students already get important hands-on experience working alongside Boston Herald journalists, and this partnership will expand those opportunities.”

Said Herald Publisher Patrick J. Purcell: “This is an exciting race for Boston's future, and we are delighted to join Suffolk University in providing the best possible coverage for our readers and viewers. We have a civic duty to do our best to inform the electorate, and it's a duty we take very seriously.”

Two dozen candidates have taken out nomination papers in the race to succeed Mayor Thomas M. Menino. The preliminary election is set for Sept. 24. The final election will be on Nov. 5.