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UNYTEA Party hosts debate Sept. 1

PLATTSBURGH - The Upstate New York Tea Party will host a debate between Doug Hoffman and Matt Doheny, candidates for the 23rd Congressional District seat up for election this November.

The debate will be held Wednesday, Sept. 1, at Westside Ballroom, 253 New York Road, at 7 p.m., said UNYTEA chairman Mark L. Barie.

According to Barie, the two candidates, who are both seeking the GOP nod to run against incumbent William A. Owens, D-Plattsburgh, agreed to the debate Aug. 5.

"We are very pleased that both Mr. Doheny and Mr. Hoffman trust UNYTEA to host a forum which is fair and equitable to both candidates," said Barie, who will serve as moderator. "The debate is part of our on-going effort to keep the voters informed about their choices in the upcoming election."

The debate format will include questions from a panel of three media representatives, whose names will be released once confirmed, said Barie.

Each candidate will be asked an equal number of questions and be given two minutes in which to respond. The respondent's opponent will be given one minute for a rebuttal.

UNYTEA was formed last September. Thus far, UNYTEA has endorsed only one candidate for public office - Hoffman in the race for Congress. The group has also hosted a series of press conferences, rallies and protests, advocating for lower taxes, less spending, and limited government. The group has grown to more than 900 members.

For more information about UNYTEA or the upcoming debate, contact Barie at 297-7741 or 593-3754 or by e-mail at unytea@yahoo.com.

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