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October 23, 2013

SUNY Oneonta to host debates today

The League of Women Voters of the Oneonta Area will host candidates’ debates from 7 to 9:30 tonight at the Otsego Grille in Morris Hall on the State University College at Oneonta campus. The event is open to the public, and will be broadcast on public access television and streamed live on the Internet at 

The event will be moderated by League member Barbara Hein, and will feature candidates for town and county offices. First up will be a debate between the candidates to represent District 4 on the Otsego County Board of Representatives. Republican Janet Hurley-Quackenbush and Democrat Daniel Butterman are vying for the seat that will be vacated by Rep. Rich Murphy, D-Oneonta, who is not seeking another term. 

There will then be presentations made by the three candidates for the position of Oneonta Town Justice, Sean Farrell, Dawn Oliver and Bruce Smith. The evening will conclude with a debate between the four candidates for the two vacancies on the Oneonta Town Board: Democrats Andrew Stammel and Patricia Jacob, and Republicans Brett Holleran and Fred Volpe. 

Audience members will be able to submit questions for the candidates during the two debates. Questions must be directed at all candidates, rather than at a specific candidate. A phone number will be displayed on-screen during the broadcast for the viewing audience to submit questions by phone. 

The Otsego Grille is on the lower level in Morris Hall and there is an elevator as well as stairs from the main entrance to Morris Hall. No campaign materials may be worn, displayed, carried or distributed in any manner at this event. People who do so may be asked to leave the event. 

The event will be broadcast live on Public Access Channel 23 by the Creative Media Center TV staff and crew, and also will be available by webstream. Rebroadcasts will be aired on Channel 23 at the following times: 

Saturday, 6 p.m.

Sunday, 1 p.m.

Monday, 5:30 p.m.

Oct. 30, 6 p.m.

Nov. 2, 6 p.m.

Nov. 3, 1 p.m.

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