Westport legislative candidates face the public

Seven candidates for legislative seats representing Westport in the state’s General Assembly are scheduled to appear at a forum on Monday evening, Oct. 15, at Westport Town Hall.

The program is 7 to 9 p.m. and will feature candidates for the state House of Representatives and state Senate, in the Nov. 6 election. The program is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Westport.

Candidates will be asked questions submitted to forum organizers by the audience members in the Town Hall auditorium and emailed by viewers watching a live cable TV broadcast, the league said in a news release.
Each candidate also will be permitted to make a closing statement.

Candidates invited to participate include:
136th House District: Incumbent Democrat Jonathan Steinberg and Republican challenger Stephen Rubin.
143rd House District: Incumbent Republican Gail Lavielle and Democratic challenger Ted Hoffstatter.
26th Senate District: Incumbent Republican Toni Boucher and Democratic challenger Carolanne Curry.
28th Senate District: Incumbent Republican John McKinney, who is unopposed.

The moderator will be Charlotte Garrell of the League of Women Voters of Fairfield.

The forum will be shown live on Cablevision Public Access Channel 79, the organizers said. The TV audience may email questions to westportdebate2012@gmail.com. The cable channel plans to rebroadcast the forum at 8 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 26 to 28. The program video also will be streamed until Election Day at www.westportct.gov.

Forum co-sponsors are the League of Women Voters of Weston, the PTA Council of Westport, the Westport Women’s Club and the Y’s Women.

John Schwing