WASHINGTON -- Republican and Democratic parties in Washington have made amends.

A debate is scheduled to be held next Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Bryan Memorial Town Hall between the incumbent Republican First Selectman Mark Lyon and the Democratic endorsed candidate for first selectman, Wayne Hileman.

Also debating will be Board of Selectmen candidates Susan Jahnke and Richard Carey.

Debate planning fell apart in September when the Democratic Town Committee announced the October debate date before final details had been agreed upon with the Republican Town Committee, said RTC Chairwoman Joan Lodsin.

"Things got crossed and hackles rose," Lyon said Tuesday. "But the Republicans were never against a debate. I contacted Hank Martin and asked him to work with me and Wayne Hileman to get things back on track."

Martin, a former chairman of the Washington Zoning Commission and frequent moderator at town meetings, was the DTC's initial choice for the debate moderator.

"I'm thrilled that we're having the debate," said Hileman. "It's what I wanted all along."

"I think it's valuable for the voters to see a live debate," said Lyon. "Wayne and Hank and I have worked out the ground rules. I'm glad it's back on track."

Andy Shapiro, the DTC co-chairman, said having the debate back on schedule is "good for the candidates as well as the voters."

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