In what may prove the only debate of the mayoral campaign, the three contenders vying for the city’s top job are slated to appear before the Central Connecticut Chamber of Commerce on October 15.
Mayor Art Ward, a first-term Democrat seeking reelection, said he doesn’t see much point in holding more than one debate.
His challengers, Republican Mary Alford and independent Gary Lawton, are angling to unseat the mayor in the November 3 general election.
The chamber is also sponsoring City Council debates that will likely be filmed at Nutmeg Community Television for broadcast in the days before the election.
The chamber’s debate, sponsored by Bristol Hospital, will be focus on “business-related issues as they affect the Bristol community.”
The event is slated to take place at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15 at Nuchies Restaurant in Forestville, with breakfast starting at 8 a.m.
It costs $17 for chamber members who pay ahead of time, $20 at the door. For non-chamber members, the cost is $25 prepaid or $30 at the door.
At this point, there is no debate or mayoral forum scheduled where voters can hear the three candidates for free.
The chamber’s debate was organized by its legislative committee. It will be moderated by Tom Monahan, a veteran newsman on WVIT television, channel 30.
Payments for tickets should be made to the Central CT Chambers of Commerce, 200 Main Street, Bristol, CT 06010.
For more information, visit the CentralCTChambers.org website, email Info@CentralCTChambers.org or phone (860) 584-4718.
Ward was elected in 2007 after a tight race against Republican Ken Johnson. William Stortz, the GOP mayor from 2005 to 2007, did not run for another term.
Mayors serve two-year terms for $98,000 annually.
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