As the election draws closer, candidates will cross swords several times over the next few weeks, debating local issues and taking a public stance on both their personal and party platforms.
On Monday night at 7, the League of Women Voters will sponsor a free debate at the LTV Studios in Wainscott, where voters will hear from candidates for Suffolk County Legislature, East Hampton Town supervisor, and East Hampton Town Board.
The two candidates for the Legislature, Cornelius Kelly, a Republican, and the incumbent, Jay Schneiderman, an Independence Party member, will be the first candidates to speak. Next up are the supervisor hopefuls, Zachary Cohen, Democrat, and incumbent Supervisor Bill Wilkinson, running on the Republican line. The six town board candidates, Republicans Richard Haeg and Steven Gaines, Democrats Sylvia Overby and Peter Van Scoyoc, and Independence Party’s Marilyn Behan and Bill Mott, will also debate. All the candidates have third-party endorsements as well.
Candidates for other offices have been invited to attend, too, and to introduce themselves to the audience.
Carol Mellor, a past president of the League, will moderate. The candidates will make timed statements before and after they debate, and will answer questions from a panel of local newspaper editors and from the audience. Those unable to attend will be able to view the debate on public access Channel 20 at a later date.
Future debates will take place as follows: On Oct. 23 at 1 p.m., the Concerned Citizens of Montauk will host all the candidates at the Montauk Firehouse. On Oct. 24 at 7 p.m., the Springs Citizens Advisory Committee will hold an all-candidates debate at Ashawagh Hall in Springs. On Oct. 27, the East Hampton Village Preservation Society will host a town board candidates debate at 4:30 p.m., which will be shown live on LTV 20.