Himes and Debicella to participate in debate Oct. 19

Twelve area chapters of the League of Women Voters (LWV) will present a debate between Democrat U.S. Rep. Jim Himes and Republican Dan Debicella, candidates for the Connecticut’s 4th District, on Sunday, Oct. 19.

The event, free and open to the public, will be held from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Clune Performing Arts Center at Wilton High School, 395 Danbury Road (Route 7), Wilton.

Himes, a Democrat from Greenwich, is seeking a fourth term. Debicella, a Republican from Shelton, is a former state senator. Himes defeated Debicella in a somewhat close contest in 2010.

The 4th Congressional District includes much of Fairfield County, including most of Shelton.

Audience can submit questions

The debate format will include questions collected in writing from the audience and others prepared by LWV members. All questions will be presented by moderator Kay Maxwell, a former president of the national LWV and currently executive director of the Stamford-based World Affairs Forum.

“The leagues of Southwestern Connecticut — the 4th Congressional District — have joined forces to present a centrally-located forum for area residents to learn the candidates’ positions on national and local issues, particularly those impacting our region,” said debate facilitator Jara Burnett of Greenwich.

Co-sponsors are LWV chapters of the Bridgeport Area (an entity that includes Shelton and some other nearby towns), Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Redding, Ridgefield, Stamford, Weston, Westport and Wilton.

For additional information about the Oct. 19 debate, visit the LWV of Connecticut website at www.lwvct.org or call Jara Burnett at 203-637-9244 or the LWV office at 203-288-7996.

First of three debates in race

The Wilton forum is the first of three scheduled debates between the candidates. The World Affairs Forum will sponsor a debate on the next day, Monday, Oct. 20, in Stamford.

The final debate will be held in Norwalk on Tuesday, Oct. 28, co-sponsored by the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce and Cablevision.

Himes was a business executive before being elected to Congress. He graduated from Harvard and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.

Debicella is a businessman. He is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Business School.

About the League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. The LWV neither supports nor opposes any political party or candidate.

The Shelton LWV meets on the second Wednesday of each month at Scinto Tower No. 1, first floor Meeting Room, 1 Corporate Drive, Shelton. Learn more by emailing SheltonLeagueOfWomenVoters@gmail.com or calling Erica at 203-244-8373.