The public will have an opportunity to get an up close and personal view of Democrat Jahana Hayes and Republican Manny Santos, campaigning for Connecticut's 5th Congressional District seat, as they will face off in a much anticipated debate today (Oct. 17).
It's open to the public.
Central Connecticut State University officials will host and sponsor the non-partisan 5th District Congressional Debate on the CCSU campus today at 7 pm at Alumni Hall in the Student Center in New Britain.
Hayes and Santos are competing for the seat being vacated by Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty.
A reception with candidates will immediately follow the debate in the adjacent Bellin Gallery at at 8:15 pm. The debate and reception are free and open to the public.
The debate is being co-sponsored and organized by CCSU’s Center for Public Policy and Social Research (CPPSR), the William A. O’Neill Endowed Chair in Public Policy and Practical Politics, the Political Science Department and the Student Government Association.
Fox 61 News is the media partner for the debate.
The debate will be moderated by Stan Simpson, host of Fox 61’s “The Stan Simpson Show” and current holder of the Robert Vance Chair in Journalism and Mass Communication at CCSU, and Jenn Bernstein, Fox 61’s chief political reporter and co-anchor of Fox 61’s “The Real Story.”
Questions will be directed to the candidates by a panel consisting of a Student Government representative, a reporter from CCSU’s campus newspaper, The Recorder, and Dr. Robbin Smith, Chair of the Political Science Department, as well as the moderators.