PLATTSBURGH - Upstate New York Tea Party will host a candidates forum Thursday, March 25, at the Westside Ball Room, 253 New York Ave., beginning at 7 p.m.
The purpose of the forum will be to meet all four currently unanounced candidates for the Republican Party nod to run against incumbent Congressman Bill Owens. The candidates include Franklin County Legislator Paul Maroun; Matt Doheny, a former Wall Street executive from Alexandria Bay; Will Barclay, a state Assemblyman from Pulaski; and Doug Hoffman, the Conservative Party candidate for Congress who narrowly lost to Owens in the November 2009 special election.
UNYTEA Party chairman Mark L. Barie predicts a large turnout for the event.
"Any one of these candidates has the potential to defeat Bill Owens in the 2010 elections," Barie said in a statement. "They are all fiscal conservatives, they are all opposed to the trillion dollar health care bill which Bill Owens supported, and they are opposed to the tax and spend policies of the current administration."
The candidates will be asked to respond to written questions from the audience. The event will include opening and closing statements.
Barie, who will serve as the moderator, views the event as an opportunity for local voters to become more familiar with the candidates.
"This is not a choreographed event," stated Barie. "It is an excellent opportunity for our members and for the public at large to see each of these individuals in action, thinking on their feet, and responding directly to our concerns."
UNYTEA is a grassroots organization of local voters whose mission is "to advocate at the federal level, for lower taxes, less spending, and limited government." The organization is not formally affiliated with any political party or other Tea Party group.
For more information, contact Barie at 1-800-545-8125 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.