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Eastern to Host Congressional Debate

Written by Tim Talley

Courtney_Joe_small.jpgWillimantic, Conn. -Eastern Connecticut State University will host a debate between the candidates for Connecticut's Second Congressional District on Oct. 21 from 7:30 to 9  p.m. in the Betty R. Tipton Room of the Student Center.  The debate is being sponsored by the Norwich Bulletin.  The public is invited. Admission is free. 

           Janet Pekinpaugh small.jpg All of the candidates currently on the ballot -- incumbent Congressman Joe Courtney, Democratic candidate; Green Party candidate G. Scott Deshefy, a former Montville school board chair and retired environmental analyst; and former television reporter Janet Pekinpaugh, the Republican Party candidate -- will participate in the debate.  

            The debate is expected to focus on educational issues that concern students.  Eastern student Judith Frankel, a junior from Brookfield majoring in political science, will be one of two panelists asking questions.

            "I am honored to be chosen to be a student moderator," said Frankel.  "ThisG. Scott Deshefy.jpg event will give Eastern students a firsthand look at the excitement of politics.  Students will get a chance to meet the politicians who are running, which will help them to make a more educated decision when they vote on November second."

            The Connecticut Television Network will tape and rebroadcast the debate.

            For more information about the Congressional debates, contact Raymond Hackett, community conversations editor at the Norwich Bulletin, at (860) 425-425 or email him at


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