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CCM To Host Last Gubernatorial TV Debate Of The 2018 Election Cycle: Event To Be Sponsored and Led By WTNH 8, Hartford Courant

CCM To Host Last Gubernatorial TV Debate Of The 2018 Election Cycle: Event To Be Sponsored and Led By WTNH 8, Hartford Courant

Monday, April 30, 2018

Kevin Maloney, 203-710-3486

The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM) today announced that it has reached an agreement with WTNH News Channel 8 and The Hartford Courant to host the last gubernatorial TV debate of the 2018 election cycle. The event will be held during CCM’s annual conference on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, and will air live on WTNH News Channel 8 from 7-8pm.

Representatives from all three organizations said they are “excited and looking forward to making this a top-notch production in the closing week of what will no doubt be a closely watched race.”

“This last debate will be critical to deciding the 2018 gubernatorial race,” said Joe DeLong, CCM Executive Director. “This first ever statewide television debate by CCM, in front of mayors and first selectmen from across the state, will compel the candidates to take clear stands on the issues that are most important in our 169 communities. They will need to articulate their positions on everything from local public education, public safety and infrastructure needs to the financial burdens on property taxpayers -- to name only a few of the top state-local issues in 2018.”

”News 8 and our partners are committed to being Connecticut’s Local Election Headquarters,” said Rich Graziano, Vice President and General Manager at WTNH. “We’re planning an innovative and interactive debate, streaming live on-air, on-line and on several social media channels.”

“The voters of Connecticut deserve straight answers to the questions important to them,” said Andrew Julien, the Courant’s Publisher & Editor-in-Chief. “Our mission at the Courant, throughout the election season and at this debate, will be to make sure we are listening to the voters and getting them the answers they need.”

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Participation in the debate will follow a modified version of the standard set by the Commission on Presidential Debates.  Candidates who have received at least 10% of the vote, on average, by accredited polling outlets will be invited to participate, regardless of party affiliation.

The debate will follow two separate formats. The first 30 minutes will be conducted in the cumulative time format, which allows each candidate more freedom to articulate their positions without being constrained by time allotted in more traditional debates. The second 30 minutes will be conducted in a Town Hall format, allowing for questions from the audience of municipal leaders. The debate will conclude with closing remarks from each candidate.

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