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Make time for debates

Winsted residents should be aware that two debates have been scheduled for this year’s municipal elections (see story, front page) and that most of the candidates, save for a few who have previous engagements, will be participating in the events.

Voters can mark their calendars for the evenings of Thursday, Oct. 22, and Thursday, Oct. 29, both at 7 p.m., when political science students from The Gilbert School will welcome candidates for seats on the Board of Education and Board of Selectmen, respectively. Democrats, Republicans and unaffiliated candidates will appear at the school board debate on Oct. 22, while members of the Winsted Independent Party will join the field for the selectmen’s debate on Oct. 29. Both debates are at The Gilbert School; doors open at 6 p.m. for both debates and everyone is welcome.

This year’s debates signify a change for Winsted, as no debates in front of live audiences have been held for at least the past decade. This is also the first time students have gotten together to organize debates, after the studying the issues this year under the tutelage of political science teacher Don Goetz. The Winsted Journal is co-sponsoring the debates and Winsted Journal Editor Michael Marciano will serve as moderator.

Audience members will be allowed to submit questions for the debates, and residents are strongly encouraged to take part. The more people who attend, the better represented the town will be. This is your chance to ask questions and hear what candidates plan to do for the good of the town and its schools.

Whether you attend the debates or catch them on Charter Community Television at home, make time to watch them and decide who deserves your vote in the municipal elections on Nov. 3.

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