LYME, CT – In hopes of promoting widespread public discussion of state and local issues, Democratic State Senate Candidate Emily Bjornberg proposed today that she and her Republican opponent hold twelve public debates before theNovember 4th General Election, one in each town of the 33rd State Senate District.
The 33rd District includes the communities of: Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland and Westbrook.
“The people of the 33rd Senate District deserve a full and vigorous public debate of the issues in this election year. There is too much at stake—our economy, our schools and our values—to not have a comprehensive series of discussions, of real substance,” said Bjornberg. “The 33rd District is so large, stretching from the heart of Connecticut to the shoreline and beyond, that anything less than twelve debates in twelve towns would be a disservice to each of them.”
“I welcome invitations to debate from any genuinely nonpartisan and unbiased organization in the 33rd District, and I will prioritize invitations from towns that have not yet seen a debate,” added Bjornberg. “Each town in this district is a unique community with its own historic characteristics and local concerns. This distinctiveness calls for a separate debate to address the specific issues of each town.”
Bjornberg continued, “I urge my opponent to join me in this effort to take both of our campaigns to every corner of the 33rd District. As a resident of one of our region’s smallest communities, many people have told me that they feel their town was left out of the discussion in the last election. Too few debates were held. We cannot allow that to happen again, and the responsibility lies with both of us, together.”