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Friday
Oct062017

LWV Town And County Candidate Debate Set For October 17

Candidate Debate for Town and County Offices on Tuesday, October 17

With the goal of enabling Smithtown residents to cast informed votes on November 7th,  the League of Women Voters (LWV) of Smithtown will host a Candidate Debate Tuesday evening,  6:00 to 8:30 p.m., October 17, at the Nesaquake Middle School, 479 Edgewood Avenue, St. James.   Invited to participate in this event are all candidates for Town offices, plus County legislative offices representing Smithtown residents,  per the Suffolk County Board of Elections Certified Ballot.

The League issued invitations to the following candidates:

For Town Supervisor:  William G. Holst, Kristen Slevin, Edward R. Wehrheim

For Town Council:  Robert P. Doyle, Thomas Lohmann, Amy Fortunato, Thomas McCarthy,    Lynne C. Nowick, Patricia Stoddard

For Town Clerk:  Conrad Chayes, Vincent A. Puleo, Justin W. Smiloff

For the Suffolk County Legislature:

   12th LD:   Kevin Hyms,   Leslie Kennedy

   13th LD:   Colleen Maher,  Robert Trotta

Strict guidelines for Candidate Meetings will be adhered to.   These will include a Moderator and a Time-keeper provided by the League.   Audience members will be invited to submit written questions applicable to all candidates on index cards; these questions will be vetted by League members and asked of candidates in rotating order.  Every attempt will be made to include topics raised by audience members’ questions;  however, any questions that are derogatory, duplicative or target an individual candidate will be eliminated.

“It must be emphasized,” notes Lisa Scott, president of the Suffolk County League of Women Voters, “that the League of Women Voters is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government.  We do not support or oppose candidates or parties.”    

In an effort to inform on as wide a scale as possible, the League will record and post online a video of the full debate.   There can be no unauthorized recording of the event, nor can any campaign literature be distributed at or during the proceedings.