Election 2013: First selectman, Board of Education debates set

With the Nov. 5 election looming, voters will soon have a chance to see the candidates for Trumbull First Selectman and Board of Education face off on the issues.

The first debate, between First Selectman Timothy Herbst and challenger Martha Jankovic-Mark, will air on Trumbull Community Television, Channel 17/99, this Friday at 7 p.m. The Oct. 11 debate will be moderated by The Trumbull Times, Trumbull Patch and the Connecticut Post. It will air live and be rebroadcast, in case you miss it.

The Trumbull PTSA and League of Women Voters are sponsoring two additional debates and another debate, scheduled for Halloween morning, is sponsored by the Trumbull Chamber of Commerce.

The Trumbull PTSA and League of Women Voters are sponsoring two candidate debates this month — the first being a Board of Education candidate debate, Friday, Oct. 18. The debate is at Madison Middle School, starting at 7 p.m. All Board of Education candidates on the ballot have been invited.

The second debate, between the Trumbull first selectman candidates, will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 22, starting at 7:00 p.m., also at Madison Middle School.

“The debates are an important part of a mutual commitment to inform voters and encourage residents to join in and ‘Get Out the Vote,’” said Monica Welch, member of the Trumbull PTSA.

The public is invited to attend both debates, according to the PTSA, and audience members are encouraged to submit written questions to moderators, who are being furnished by the League of Women Voters. The questions from the audience for the Board of Education debate may relate to any topic pertinent to the Board of Education, as long as the questions posed are free of personal attack and are posed to every candidate as opposed to one particular candidate. In addition, initial questions will be prepared by the PTSA Council in collaboration with the League of Women Voters that are drawn from the areas of enrollment/crowding, funding for extracurricular activities and/or student performance.

The questions from the audience for the first selectman debate may relate to any topic pertinent to the role of first selectman as long as they are free of personal attack and are posed to both candidates as opposed to one single candidate. The initial questions for the first selectman debate will be drawn from the area of education with a focus on school facility maintenance and use of technology. Audience questions may pertain to any topic related to the responsibilities of the office of first selectman, including those not related to education.

The organizers have requested that both debates be recorded by Trumbull Community Television. They have also requested that the debates be broadcast prior to the election on a schedule yet to be announced.

“Please join us for these opportunities to introduce Trumbull Board of Education and first selectman candidates to the community,” Welch said. “Even if you can’t get to the debates, please watch them on TV.”

The final first selectman debate is Thursday, Oct. 31, at 8 a.m. at the Trumbull Library, 33 Quality Street. The Trumbull Chamber of Commerce, an affiliate of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council, is sponsoring the debate. It is set to run until 9:30 a.m. There is no cost and it is open to the public. Visit brbc.org for more information.