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Candidates for 5th Congressional District to debate tonight at CCSU

Published: October 17, 2018

The candidates for the 5th Congressional District seat have agreed to debate on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Student Center’s Alumni Hall. The event is open to the public and seating will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Democrat Jahana Hayes and Republican Manny Santos are competing for the seat being vacated by Elizabeth Esty. The debate format will encourage interaction between the two candidates on a wide range of issues, with a panel of representatives from CCSU posing their own questions.

Fox 61 News is serving as media partner for the debate and will stream the debate online and via the Fox61 app. Jenn Bernstein, co-anchor of Fox 61 News First at Four and Fox 61 News at 10, and Stan Simpson, host of Fox 61’s The Stan Simpson Show and the Robert Vance Chair in Journalism and Mass Communication at CCSU, will be co-moderators.

Panelists will include a student government representative, a reporter from CCSU’s student newspaper, The Recorder, and Professor Robbin Smith, chair of the Political Science Department.

The debate, organized by CCSU’s Center for Public Policy and Social Research, is co-sponsored by the William A. O’Neill Endowed Chair in Public Policy and Practical Politics, the Political Science Department, and the Student Government Association.

Following the debate, sponsors will host a reception in an adjoining room for the candidates to meet students and others attending the debate.

President Zulma R. Toro said she is pleased faculty, staff, and students are collaborating to host and organize the event.

“As a public university and steward of central Connecticut, our mission includes serving our communities,” she stated. “Our neighbors and citizens of the 5th Congressional District are preparing to make a decision about who will represent us in Washington, and we hope this debate will result in substantive discussion that will help inform their decisions.”

Reminder: The candidates for Connecticut's 5th Congressional District seat will participate in a debate tonight at CCSU.