The Candidate Debates will be held on October 25, 2022 in the Brubeck Room of the Wilton Library and are co-sponsored by the Wilton Library as well as Good Morning Wilton.

The candidates running for State Representative will start their debate at 7:00 pm; and those running for State Senate will follow after a short break.

In both debates, sixty minutes will be allotted to constituent questions, with additional time for brief introductory and closing remarks.  Both debates will follow a modified town hall format under the LWV cumulative time guidelines.  Both debates will be led by an out-of-town moderator trained by the state League of Women Voters.

Each candidate will have 30 seconds to introduce themselves.

Thereafter we will move into questions, with an initial kickoff question presented by the Wilton LWV and subsequent questions submitted by constituents, either in advance or from the floor.  Constituents are invited to submit questions in advance to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or to submit questions live from the audience in the Brubeck Room.  All questions must include the full name of the constituent posing the question; only one question will be submitted per email or index card; and all questions must be applicable to all candidates and pertinent to state-level issues (questions targeted at one specific candidate will not be accepted).  All questions will be screened for legibility, duplication, and may be combined or condensed.  The moderator will determine the first candidate to respond to the first question by lot, and rotate between candidates thereafter.

At the close of the hour of questions, each candidate will have up to 90 seconds for closing remarks.

In addition to the live audience, both debates will also be livestreamed and recorded.  They will be viewable live in real time on GoodMorningWilton.com .  In addition, they will be recorded for later viewing at GoodMorningWilton.com , www.wiltonlibrary.org , and elsewhere as available.

 

WILTON CONSTITUENTS:

HAVE QUESTIONS FOR STATE ASSEMBLY CANDIDATES?

Submit them prior to the 10/25 debate!

This Tuesday, 10/25/22 at 7:00 pm the Wilton League of Women Voters, Wilton Library Association, and GOOD Morning Wilton will be co-sponsoring two candidate debates between: Keith Denning (D) and Kim Healy (R) - 42nd House District; Toni Boucher (R) and Ceci Maher (D) - 26th Senate District. The debates will be held in the Brubeck Room of the Wilton Library to constituents who wish to attend in person, and will also be streamed live to those who wish to attend virtually.

We invite constituents to submit candidate questions in advance to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please include your full name. As well: only one question per email; all questions must be applicable to all candidates and pertinent to state issues; questions targeted at one specific candidate will not be accepted. All questions will be screened for legibility, duplication, and may be combined or condensed.

Additional information on the debate format and rules for questions to be submitted can be found on the Wilton League of Women Voters website.

We will also provide index cards during the debate for constituents who attend in person and wish to submit written questions from the floor. If you plan to attend in person, please register through the Wilton Library’s registration link.

10/13 - CT LWV hosts US Representative (4th District) Candidates (Jim Himes/ Jayme Stevenson)

Oct 13 2022 - 8:00pm
Event location: Norwalk Community College, David Levinson Theater / livestreamed

more info / link to livestream here

10/18 - CT LWV hosts CT Secretary of State Candidates (Dominic Rapini/ Stephanie Thomas)

Oct 18 2022 - 8:00pm
Event location: University of Hartford, Lincoln Theater / livestreamed

more info /link to livestream here

10/20 - New Canaan LWV hosts Candidates for 26th State Senate (Toni Boucher/ Cece Maher) and 143 State Representative (Keith Denning/ Kim Healy) (among other candidates who serve New Canaan but not Wilton)

Oct 20 2022 - 6:30p (virtual only event)

more info / link to livestream here

10/25 - CT LWV hosts Candidates for US Senate (Dick Blumenthal / Leora Levy)

Oct 25 2022 - 8:00pm
Event location: Fairfield University, Regina A. Quick Center for the Performing Arts

more info / link to livestream here

10/27 - CT LWV hosts Candidates for CT Governor (Ned Lamont / Bob Stefanowski)

Oct 27 2022 - 8:00pm
Event location: Fairfield University, Regina A. Quick Center for the Performing Arts

more info / link to livestream here

In our upcoming Election Day on 11/8/22, we won’t just be choosing candidates for office. Voters in Wilton and throughout the state will also see this question on our ballots:

Shall the Constitution of the State be amended to permit the General Assembly to provide for early voting?  

Connecticut is currently one of only 4 states - along with Mississippi, Alabama, and New Hampshire - that does not offer early in-person voting.   This is because in our state, election rules are detailed in our state constitution. This creates a form of chicken-egg quandary: before our elected officials can pass specific legislation that allows early voting, voters must first give the assembly that authority by voting YES on the ballot question. 

Who will benefit from this change? Everyone! Working parents, commuters, seniors, voters with disabilities, students, and all eligible voters who may face circumstances that make getting to the polls on Election Day difficult. Early Voting allows voters greater flexibility to cast their ballot in person in the days leading up to the election, without worrying if they are able to make it to the polls on Election Day.

Will Early Voting be available right away if the ballot measure passes?  No.  If voters vote YES on the ballot measure, the 2023 State Assembly will have the authority to start writing and debating specific legislation. Until our legislators have that authority, they are constrained by the state constitution from acting. 

Is Early Voting safe and reliable? Yes.  The process is the same as on Election Day, with the same checks and balances, using the ballot cast on the same equipment.

 

The Wilton League of Women Voters as well as the CT League of Women Voters urges constituents to vote YES on this ballot question.

The Wilton League of Women Voters, Wilton Library Association, and GOOD Morning Wilton will be co-sponsoring two candidate debates between: Keith Denning (D) and Kim Healy (R) - 42nd House District; Toni Boucher (R) and Ceci Maher (D) - 26th Senate District.  The debates will be held in the Brubeck Room of the Wilton Library to constituents who wish to attend in person, and will also be streamed live to those who wish to attend virtually.

Denning/Healy will start at 7:00pm for approximately one hour and Boucher/Maher will begin after a short break. Approximately 60 minutes will be allotted to constituent questions in both debates.  The debate sessions will follow a modified town hall format led by a League-trained out-of-town moderator.  

Constituents who plan to attend the debates in person must register through the Wilton Library registration link.  Those who wish to attend virtually may do so in real time on GOODMorningWilton.com.  In addition, the debates will be recorded and be made available for later viewing at GOODMorningWilton.com, www.wiltonlibrary.org, and here at the Wilton LWV website.

Constituents are also invited to submit questions to the candidates, either in advance to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or live from the audience in the Brubeck Room. All submitted questions must include the full name of the submitting constituent; only one question can be submitted per email; all questions must be applicable to all candidates and pertinent to state issues; questions targeted at one specific candidate will not be accepted. All questions will be screened for legibility, duplication, and may be combined or condensed.