A busy week of candidate forums and debates offers several opportunities to hear from state House and Senate hopefuls in Meriden, Wallingford, Southington and Cheshire — while the candidates hear from voters too.
The events start Tuesday at 7 p.m. with a Record-Journal sponsored forum featuring candidates in the 82nd House District, which covers Middlefield and the east side and northern portions of Meriden.
Democrat Michael Quinn, Republican Michael Skelps and Independent Party candidate Ernestine Holloway are running for an open seat after the retirement of longtime Rep. Emil “Buddy” Altobello of Meriden.
The virtual forum is scheduled for 7 p.m. live on the Record-Journal’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/recordjournalnewspaper.
Readers can submit questions for the candidates through the community-powered journalism Voices initiative at Myrecordjournal.com/Voices or in real time by commenting on Facebook during the forum.
A reporter and editor will also be asking the candidates questions and moderate submitted questions.
After the forum, the video will be available at www.myrecordjournal.com.
Quinn serves as Meriden’s corporation counsel and is a former chairman of the housing authority. Skelps is a member of Middlefield’s Board of Finance and an alternate to the Zoning Board of Appeals. Holloway ran unsuccessfully for mayor and city councilor last year and lost to Altobello in 2018.
In Southington state candidates will present views at a virtual forum also scheduled for Tuesday while opponents in the 16th state Senate district will go head to head Wednesday in another Facebook live forum sponsored by the Record-Journal.
The Southington Library and the Southington Chamber of Commerce are organizing Tuesday’s forum, a virtual version of the event that the groups have hosted in previous years at the library.
Republican and Democratic candidates for the 30th (Berlin-Southington), 80th (Wolcott-Southington), 81st (Southington) and 103rd (Cheshire-Southington-Wallingford) state House districts were invited to the forum as well as candidates for the 16th state Senate district (Southington-Wolcott-Cheshire-Waterbury). It is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
Viewers can submit questions that may be asked by the forum’s moderators. For more information and to register, visit www.southingtonlibrary.org.
On Wednesday, the Record-Journal is hosting a Facebook live forum between Republican Sen. Rob Sampson and his Democratic challenger Jack Perry who are running for the 16th Senate seat.
They’re scheduled to face off from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday. The forum will be held virtually at www.facebook.com/recordjournalnewspaper.
Readers can submit questions they’d like Sampson and Perry to answer at Myrecordjournal.com/Voices. Those watching the forum live can also submit questions via Facebook.
The Wallingford Community Women has scheduled its annual candidates forum for Wednesday and Thursday evenings for candidates seeking seats representing Wallingford in the state House and Senate.
Due to the potential spread of COVID-19, there will be no audience present. Record-Journal reporters Lauren Takores and Mike Gagne are scheduled to ask original questions of the candidates both evenings.
The two events will be taped at Wallingford Town Hall council chambers and broadcast on Wallingford Government Television and archived on YouTube.
Incumbent Republican Craig Fishbein, R-90th, and challenger Jim Jinks and 103rd House District incumbent Democrat Liz Linehan and challenger Pam Salamone are slated to attend Wednesday.
Incumbent Democrat Mary Mushinsky, D-85th, and challenger Weston Ulbrich, 86th House District incumbent Republican Vincent Candelora and challenger Vince Mase, and 34th Senate District candidates April Capone and Paul Cicarella are slated to attend Thursday.
Capone, a Democrat, and Cicarella, a Republican, are vying for an seat to be vacated by Minority Leader Len Fasano, who is retiring.