Town Council member and first selectman challenger Vicki Tesoro means business. A day after receiving the Trumbull Democratic Town Committee\u2019s nomination to run for top office, Tesoro called out First Selectman Tim Herbst for using his town-registered email account to set the upcoming debate schedule for this fall\u2019s campaign.\u201cYou are using the email system paid for by Trumbull taxpayers,\u201d she said in a letter addressed to Herbst Monday. \u201cAt first, I thought you might have made a mistake using your government email account, but I note that you used it again 11 days after the initial email.\u201dWith the 2015 election in sight after this week\u2019s nomination conventions, Tesoro wasted no time pointing out that Herbst\u2019s original email was sent at 12:14 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15 and the second email was sent on Sunday, July 26.\u201cWas\u00a0either email sent from a town computer?\u201d she asked rhetorically. \u201cAs you know, there is a prohibition\u00a0against the use of town resources for\u00a0political activities, and there could be SEEC and state law implications as well. Beyond this, you list your Town Hall office address and your Town Hall telephone number in the email as contact information.\u201dTesoro said that the address will be reviewed by town employees, and phone calls made to the first selectman\u2019s office will be answered by town employees who are being paid by the taxpayers.\u201cDo you plan to continue to use this email address for campaign activities? The Tesoro campaign\u00a0demands that this cease immediately,\u201d the challenger said. \u201cFair play and common courtesy to our taxpayers require that no governmental resources be used in this campaign.\u201dOn Tuesday morning, Herbst told the Times that he would be using his personal email address for future campaign messages.Debate proposal\u00a0As for the debates, Tesoro proposed a schedule of three sessions for the first selectman candidates \u2014 down two from the five Herbst proposed in the middle of the month.The three proposed debates from the Tesoro campaign include:\u2022A one-hour debate held on a weekday evening in early October, held at a Trumbull public school with the public invited, sponsored by the non-partisan League of Women Voters and recorded for replay on Trumbull Community Television\u2022A one-hour debate held on a weekday\u00a0morning in mid-October with the public invited focusing on economic development, sponsored by the Greater Bridgeport Regional Business Council and recorded for replay on Trumbull Community Television\u2022A live one-hour debate from the studios of Trumbull Community Television, with Steve Coulter of the Trumbull Times and a reporter from the CT Post as the moderators.The final debate would be held on Thursday, October 29 at 7 p.m., Tesoro said.Herbst suggested a similar date in his earlier proposal, and said that the debate should be sponsored by the Trumbull Times and be moderated by Dr. Gary Rose, a political science\u00a0professor from Sacred Heart University.Additional arguments\u00a0Tesoro also proposed that debates be scheduled for the Board of Education and Board of Finance candidates, with mutually agreeable locations, sponsors,\u00a0and moderators.\u201cThis would be a total of five debates for Trumbull voters, which would appear to be the maximum number that would hold the public\u2019s attention,\u201d she said in the letter to Herbst.Open chair forumsIn response to Tesoro\u2019s letter, Herbst said Tuesday that he would host a series of open chair forums if his challenger wouldn\u2019t meet him five times in open debate.\u201cI renew my call for five debates,\u201d he told the Times. \u201cIf she doesn\u2019t want to meet me in open debate five times, then I will schedule my own forums and have an empty chair in her place. At these sessions, the public can come and ask me whatever questions they like.\u201dHerbst added that he\u2019d like to have even more than five debates, if possible.\u201cI want her to explain to the voters her fiscal plan, and explain to them why she\u2019s against the town\u2019s recent spending,\u201d he said.In addition to economic development, he said he\u2019d like for a debate to be held regarding the town\u2019s education system.\u201cIf you want to be the first selectman, then you have to make some tough decisions and I want to hear what she plans to do specifically,\u201d he said. \u201cIf you want to lead the town, then you will have to say what you will do.\u201dHerbst pointed to his own acceptance speech that he made Monday night, which outlined his campaign \u201cTrumbull 2025\u201d\u201cI spoke clearly and specifically last night and when I read her speech all I saw was her speaking in generalities,\u201d he said. \u201cAnd now she wants control public exposure by limiting our opportunities to openly debate against one another.\u201dRubber meets roadHe said the proposed three debate schedule was proof that the Democrats \u201cbark is worse than its bite.\u201d\u201cI think it\u2019s an acknowledgement that the town is running well, and that she is light on substance,\u201d he said. \u201cIf your job is to convince the electorate you should be hired and that your opponent should be fired, then you should want to take as many opportunities to articulate that...\u201cOpen debate is where the rubber meets the road,\u201d he added. \u201cIt dictates a command of subject matter and allows voters to make an educated opinion on who\u2019s the best candidate to run the town. By limiting that transparency \u2014 the number of opportunities we can debate together \u2014\u00a0its clear to me how she intends to execute\u00a0this campaign.