League, Chamber of Commerce, set candidates forums and debates

Election 2016NORWALK, Conn. — Forums and debates are set for the fall election season.

The League of Women Voters has scheduled two forums for the evening of Thursday, Oct. 20, first between State Sen. Bob Duff (D-25) and his Republican challenger, Greg Ehlers, at 7 p.m. and then at 8:15 p.m., between State Rep. Chris Perone (D-137) and his Republican challenger, Darline Perpignan. On Sunday, Oct. 23, the League is hosting a 5 p.m. debate between U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-Greenwich) and his challenger, State Rep. John Shaban (R-135).

The Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce is scheduled to hold a state representatives’ forum at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, and a debate between Duff and Ehlers at 8 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 27.

The Chamber, in its announcement, states that State Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143), State Rep. Bruce Morris (D-140), State Rep. Fred Wilms (R-142), State Rep. Terrie Wood (R-141), Democratic 141st District candidate Randy Klein, Perpignan and Perone will participate in the state representative forum. Left out is Democrat Anna Duleep, who is challenging Wilms as a candidate endorsed by the Working Families Party, but Duleep said she’d be attending.

Duleep said she is not attending the League forum because she has to work.

The Chamber’s events are sponsored by Altice and will be moderated by Tom Appleby, news director and anchor at News12 Connecticut.


The schedule is:

25th State Senate District LWV forum between Duff and Ehlers

7 p.m. Oct. 20

Norwalk City Hall Community Room

137th State House District LWV forum between Perone and Perpignan

8:15 p.m. Oct. 20

Norwalk City Hall Community Room

4th Congressional District forum between Himes and Shaban

5 p.m. Oct. 23

Clune Auditorium, Wilton High School, Wilton

(co-sponsored by the Fairfield County Leagues)

State Representatives Chamber forum

8 a.m. Oct. 25

Norwalk Inn & Conference Center, 99 East Avenue

25th State Senate District Chamber debate between Duff and Ehlers

8 a.m. Oct. 27

Norwalk Inn & Conference Center, 99 East Avenue


  1. Piberman

    Lets encourage the League to publish the professional backgrounds of candidates. Years ago a strong background in business or professional accomplishment was a requirement for “public service”. Not just being active in “politics”.

  2. Great idea! I think voters really would enjoy knowing the backgrounds and past positions of the candidates!

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