Throughout the months of September and October voters have been listening to candidates on the national stage talk about issues at crucial debates.
Debates are incredibly important because they connect voters and candidates in a way that campaign events, or simple meet-and-greets cannot. When it comes to local politics – debates and forums are discussed – but happen with less frequency or vigor.
Two races in the Finger Lakes have been of particular interest:
The race for Seneca Falls Town Council, which will feature two appointed Democrats taking on two Republicans, who are challenging in a contest that has been dominated by a single issue.
Democrats Mary Sarratori and Annette Lutz will attempt to maintain their seats on the Seneca Falls Town Board as they face off against Lou Ferrara and Tom Ruzicka, both Republicans.
On October 25th at 8 pm FingerLakes1.com will host a debate exclusive to our network featuring the candidates involved in the race for Seneca Falls Town Council. The debate will be streamed LIVE across our network on FingerLakes1.TV.
The Senate race for New York’s 54th District has been filled with complication, as candidates have dodged and traded blows throughout the campaign process. The heated Republican Primary, which was held on September 13th has left two Republicans in the field, who will both be on the ballot on November 8th.
Democratic nominee Kenan Baldridge will take on Republican nominee Pam Helming and Reform Party nominee Floyd Rayburn. Rayburn finished second to Helming in September’s primary by an incredibly small margin.
Baldridge, who serves as Rose Supervisor enters the race with a disadvantage, which could be neutralized with the presence of two Republicans in the race. Helming, who serves as Supervisor of Canandaigua has long been considered the favorite in this race.
On November 3rd at 8 pm FingerLakes1.com will host a debate exclusive to our network featuring the candidates seeking to succeed Sen. Michael Nozzolio. This debate also will be streamed LIVE across our network on FingerLakes1.TV.
All of the candidates involved in these races will be at both events, which look to address all of the issues facing those living in the 54th District and Finger Lakes region as a whole.
Voters with questions that they would like to see asked of the candidates can send them via email to Lead News Editor Josh Durso, who will be moderating the two debates. Click here to email your question, or let us know on Facebook or Twitter what questions you would like to ask the candidates. Questions can also be left in the comment section of any story on FingerLakes1.com leading up to the two debates.