Saturday, February 11, 2017

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS TO HOST DEBATE

UNAFFILIATED CANDIDATE CHALLENGES OPPONENTS TO OPEN DEBATE


     SOUTHBURY, CT (February 12, 2017) – The 32nd District State Senate race, set for a February 28th Special Election, just got a bit more interesting for voters in this 10-town district that represents 275 square miles west of Waterbury, stretching from Bethlehem and Washington in the north to Oxford and Seymour in the south.

     Petitioning candidate, Daniel M. Lynch of Middlebury, challenged his party-endorsed opponents to an open debate on the issues for which they’ll be tasked with serving as advocates in Hartford if elected. The League of Women Voters of Connecticut, and long-time debate moderator Jara Burnett of Greenwich, have agreed to host the event. A tentative date is set for Thursday evening, February 23rd, from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Southbury Town Hall. The debate format will be a moderated, timed question and answer format, with questions from the audience in writing.

     Lynch, an unaffiliated voter and technology marketing consultant to the genealogy industry, secured a position on the ballot last month by collecting signatures from voters in the district. He needed 502 signatures, but collected more than 620 in just five days.

     “The nature and timing of former Senator Kane’s resignation was shameful,” noted 54-year-old Lynch, a native of Waterbury’s Town Plot neighborhood. “The people and businesses of our district have gone nearly six weeks with absolutely no voice in our state senate, simultaneous with our Governor announcing cuts in aid to municipalities and other programs that, if implemented, could have a crippling impact on the progress that so many towns have made in recent years to responsibly manage local finances.”

     As an unaffiliated candidate, Lynch is certainly the most representative of area constituents – of the more than 67,400 registered voters, 44% are unaffiliated like Lynch. Republicans represent just 29% and Democrats fewer than 26%. The remaining 1.5% are comprised of minor party affiliates (Green Party, Independent Party, Libertarian Party, and Working Family Party).

     Dan is the only candidate to confirm his participation in this open public debate. The event will be broadcast live on YouTube, Facebook, Periscope and possibly elsewhere, filmed by Harwinton-based American News and Information Services. It will be available for on-demand viewing and likely rebroadcast on one or more public access cable channels prior to the February 28th Special Election. Connecticut’s 32nd Senatorial District is made up of parts of Middlebury and Seymour, as well as the entirety of the towns of Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Oxford, Roxbury, Southbury, Washington, Watertown, and Woodbury.