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On Wednesday, Oct. 17, candidates for state senator and state representative will face one another in a debate at 7:30 p.m. at the Memorial Town Hall. Participants will be State Senate candidates Ed Meyer, incumbent Democrat, and Cindy Cartier, Republican challenger, both of Guilford. The state representative candidates will be Republican incumbent Noreen Kokoruda and Democratic challenger David Dwyer. The event is sponsored by the Madison Property Owners Association (MPOA).
For Madison residents, this will be the first time there is a local debate between candidates for state representative. Kokoruda and Dwyer are battling to see who will represent Madison and Durham voters in Hartford for the next two years. The State Senate candidates will be coming off a Branford debate the previous evening hosted by the local chambers of commerce. The senate seat represents Madison, Durham, Guilford, Branford, and North Branford.
The MPOA has organized these local political debates for more than 50 years. The format will be the same used for MPOA's previous debates. Each candidate will begin with an opening statement of three minutes. Following the four individual introductions, there will be questions for each candidate. Candidates will have three minutes to answer with a one-minute rebuttal time for their opponent. There will be an official timekeeper.
Some questions will be directed specifically to senatorial candidates, others to the state representative candidates, and still others will be asked of all four candidates. Based on feedback received by MPOA over past years, more time will be allotted for audience questions. Candidates will be allotted two minutes for their answers. Audience question rules will be strictly enforced: No personal attacks will be tolerated, and no long-winded political speeches disguised as a question will be permitted.
No political campaign signs are allowed. The Memorial Town Hall auditorium is located on the upper level and reached by the elevator located on the right-hand side of the building. There is ample parking.
MPOA, founded in 1928, is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to maintaining effective local government. Sponsoring these local political debates is one of the group's major endeavors.