Kent candidates to participate in October debate

The Kent Democratic and Republican town committees will participate in a debate of selectmen candidates at Kent Center School Oct. 23 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Following the debate, all of the candidates will be available to meet and greet guests in the cafeteria.

The debates are being organized by the Kent Memorial Library, The Kent Chamber of Commerce, The Kent Informal Club, The Kent Film Festival and Kent Cub Scout Pack No. 11 with local artist Tom Franken.

GOP candidate Karen Casey and Democratic hopeful Bruce Adams, the respective candidates for first selectman, issued a joint statement thanking the organizations for this community service.

"Past debates have attracted largely a partisan audience," the statement said. "We hope that with the support of so many of the town's service organizations we can attract a larger number of undecided voters interested in learning our positions and observing our presentation. "

The debate will begin with short opening comments from one candidate from each party outlining their vision for the community.

Following the opening statements, Katherine Boughton, associate editor of the Litchfield County Times, and Art Cummings, editor of The News-Times, will interview the candidates for first selectmen and selectmen.

Ken Cooper, president of the Kent Library Association, will keep time.

Following this question and answer period, the floor will be open for direct questions from the audience.

After concluding remarks, the selectmen candidates will join their colleagues running for other elective offices in the cafeteria for refreshments.

"We are fortunate to have so many qualified candidates this year," said Elissa Potts, president of the Chamber of Commerce. " I am encouraged that they are talking about issues very important to the community."

"The Chamber is especially happy that the selectmen candidates are addressing ways to support improving the economic environment in Kent," she said.

For more Kent political reports, see next Friday's Greater New Milford Spectrum