Chamber hosts candidate debate, Oct. 17

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 in the auditorium, 1001 Stafford Ave., Bristol. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the debates will run from 6 to 9 p.m.

The Bristol Chamber of Commerce is currently looking for “business” type questions that it will vet for the annual debate. Submit to Cindy Scoville, president and CEO of the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce at Questions will not be taken from the floor.

The debate will include a one minute introduction per candidate, randomly chosen questions followed by two minute answers per candidate plus a one minute rebuttal/response, and finally a two minute wrap-up question/answer/statement per candidate to sum up why they are running.

All taxpayers and voters covered by these districts are invited to attend.

The 2016 State Debates are made possible by the Bristol Chamber of Commerce.

It will be moderated by veteran political reporter Tom Monahan, formerly from NBC 30.

The invited candidates are:

House of Representatives: 

Laura Bartok (D) – District 77

Cara C. Pavalock (R – Incumbent) – District 77

Whit Betts (R – Incumbent) – District 78

Krystal M. Myers (D) – District 78

Peter J. Del Mastro (R) – District 79

Christopher Ziogas (D) – District 79



Henri R. Martin (R – Incumbent) – District 31

Michael D. Nicastro (D) – District 31

Please note, political signs or rallies will not be allowed at this event.

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