Himes, Debicella agree to three debates so far in race for Congress

Three debates have been set between the two candidates for Congress in the Fourth District, which includes most of Shelton.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Himes and Republican challenger Dan Debicella have so far agreed to debate three times, and a few more forums also could take place. The dates are:

Sunday, Oct. 19 in Wilton, sponsored by the League of Women Voters

Monday, Oct. 20 in Stamford, sponsored by the World Affairs Forum

Tuesday, Oct. 28 in Norwalk, sponsored by the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce, Stamford Chamber of Commerce and Cablevision.

Himes, of Greenwich, is seeking a fourth term in Congress. Debicella, of Shelton, is a former state senator. They also ran against each other in 2010, with Himes winning a somewhat close contest by 6 percentage points.

This year's election is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

‘Vibrant exchange of ideas’

Himes said he looks forward to the debates.

“I look forward to engaging in a vibrant exchange of ideas on issues residents of the Fourth District care about,” Himes said.

“These debates will provide the opportunity for positive conversations about how we will create jobs and make the investments needed to strengthen our country’s economic foundation and improve the quality of life in southwest Connecticut,” Himes said.

Debicella said he also is eager for the debates so voters can learn about his “detailed, bi-partisan ideas on job creation, healthcare and transportation.”

More debates?

Debicella’s campaign spokesman, John Puskar, hopes another three debates can be arranged. “While we have three debates on the books, we are still working on scheduling three more,” Puskar said.

“In the previous election, Congressman Himes and Senator Debicella debated six times and it’s our sincere hope that the congressman allows the voters to hear the stark differences between him and Dan,” Puskar said.

The Debicella said the other three debates would be organized by three entities: Hersam-Acorn (publisher of the Shelton Herald and SheltonHerald.com), the AARP and WICC Radio.