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New London Landmarks to host candidate debate

New London — New London Landmarks will host and live-stream a candidate forum from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Public Library of New London.

Candidates for state offices in southeastern Connecticut were each given questions to answer, and the audience also will have a chance to ask questions. Fred Paxton, a history professor at Connecticut College, will moderate the forum.

Expected attendees include the three candidates seeking office in the 39th House District — Republican Andrew Lockwood, Democrat Chris Soto and Green Party Candidate Ronna Stuller — and the two candidates in the 41st House District — Democrat Joseph de la Cruz and state Rep. Aundre Bumgardner, R-Groton. Ryan Henowitz, a Democrat seeking the 20th District state Senate seat, also is expected to attend.

Questions include why candidates think historical preservation is important to economic development, thoughts on adaptive re-use of historical buildings, ideas for the Thames River Heritage Park and opinions on the Federal Railroad Administration’s proposal to locate a new high-speed railroad line through parts of southeastern Connecticut.

The forum can be viewed live online at


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