The 12 candidates vying for City Council seats will face off during a live debate at City Hall on October 20.
The debate, sponsored by the Central Connecticut Chamber of Commerce, is slated to air live in Nutmeg Community Television.
Nutmeg will also tape and broadcast the mayoral debate the chamber is sponsoring next week.
The chamber’s debates are being co-sponsored by Bristol Hospital and The Bristol Press.
With only four of the six incumbent councilors seeking reelection -- at least two newcomers are bound to join the council following the November 3 municipal election.
The public is invited to watch the council debates for free at City Hall.
In addition to airing live on Nutmeg TV, they’ll also be rebroadcast at least a couple of times before the election. The mayoral debate will also be shown more than once. But times and dates are not yet available.
At this point, there are no other forums or debates scheduled.
For the council showdown, there will be three half-hour debates, one for each district, beginning agt 7 p.m. for the 1st District. The 2nd District debate is slated to start at 7:35 p.m. and the hotly contested 3rd District should get underway at 8:10 p.m.
The 1st District pits incumbents Mike Rimcoski, a Republican, and Cliff Block, a Democrat, against Democrat Kevin Fuller and Republican Eldianne Bishop.
The 2nd District race features Democratic incumbent Kevin McCauley and Republican incumbent Ken Cockayne against the GOP’s Richard Scarola and Democrat Allen Marko.
In the 3rd District, where both incumbents are stepping down, those vying for election are Republicans Derek Czenczelewski and David Mills and Democrats Kate Matthews and Terry Parker.
The two top vote-getters in each district will take office. Council members serve two-year terms for a part-time salary of $10,000 annually.
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