Chamber hosts political debates on Oct. 17

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The Bristol Chamber of Commerce will host a debate for local State Senate and House of Representative candidates on Monday Oct. 17 at Saint Paul Catholic High School’s auditorium, 1001 Stafford Ave., Bristol.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and the debates will run from 6-9 p.m., according to a press release from the Bristol Chamber of Commerce. Well-known veteran and political reporter Tom Monahan, formerly from NBC30, will serve as moderator for the event, the release said. Each pair of candidates will be asked a series of questions with two minutes to answer and one minute for rebuttal, the release said. All candidates also will have an opportunity at the end of the debate to sum up why they are running, the release said.

All of this year’s candidates have been invited to participate in the debate.

For the 77th District House seat: Laura Bartok (D) and Republican incumbent Cara Pavalock.

For the 78th District House seat: Republican incumbent Whit Betts and Krystal M. Myers (D).

For the 79th District House seat: Peter Del Mastro (R) and Christopher Ziogas (D).

For the 31st District State Senate seat: Republican incumbent Henri Martin and Michael Nicastro.

The chamber said in the release that all taxpayers and voters covered by these districts are invited to attend. Political signs or rallies will not be allowed at this event.

For more information, visit, or call (860) 584-4718.