Torrington, Winsted candidates to debate, meet voters

As Election Day draws closer, candidates in Torrington and Winsted are meeting challengers to face off in debates and meeting residents to convince voters.

Gilbert presents debates

The Gilbert School Social Studies Department students are holding two debates for Winsted’s municipal election Nov. 2. Students in the AP Government and Civics classes are learning about town government and organizing the debates.

The Board of Education debate is scheduled for Oct. 21, followed by a debate with the Board of Selectmen candidates Oct. 28. Both begin at 7 p.m. and will be held in Gilbert’s auditorium. The public is welcome, and doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Masks are required. The debate will also be shown live on the The Gilbert School TV channel on YouTube.

Mayoral debate

The League of Women Voters of Litchfield County is holding a mayoral candidate debate at 7 p.m. Oct. 25, at Five Points Center for the Visual Arts, 855 University Drive in Torrington, with incumbent Republican Mayor Elinor Carbone debating challenging Democrat Stephen Ivain.

Doors open at 6:40 p.m. Masks are required and there will be no pro-candidate brochures, clothing or buttons allowed in the debate area, according to the LWV.

The event also will be presented online; to RSVP to attend, email Residents may submit questions to the candidates by emailing by Oct. 20. “Questions to focus on what is important for the City of Torrington,” according to the LWV.

Meet and greet

In Winsted, Democrat Selectwoman Melissa Bird, running for town clerk, is holding a meet and greet with voters at 7 p.m. Oct. 19. The event will be held at Noujaim’s Bistro, 436 Main St. in Winsted.

“The upcoming municipal election will see a change in the Winchester Town Clerk’s office in over 20 years. This position will effect every resident in some way,” Bird said, adding that she will discuss why she is running, and her future goals for the office.

CAFTA forum

Connecticut Academy of the Arts is holding its Board of Education forum at 5:30 p.m., Oct. 20, in its space at 100 Prospect St.

Running for office this year are Democrats Ed Corey, Ellen Hoenhe and Travis Tunais, and Republicans John Kissko, Jess Richardson and Sue Depretis.

The forum begins at 6 p.m., and concludes by 8 p.m. followed by refreshments. United Way of NW Connecticut Executive Director Owen Quinn will moderate. The forum is a question and answer session, with Quinn asking general interest questions submitted by the audience.

“This is not intended to be a debate, but instead a chance for BOE candidates to express themselves on the issues,” CAFTA Co-Director Teresa Graham Sullivan said. “The tone will be informative, not adversarial.”

RSVP to CAFTA by calling 860-201- 5706 or emaiingl