Doheny, Hoffman to square off in debates tonight

PLATTSBURGH - The two candidates seeking the Republican line in this fall's 23rd Congressional District election will square off Wednesday, Sept. 1, in a debate ahead of the Sept. 14 primary.

Doug Hoffman and Matt Doheny have agreed to participate in a debate hosted by the Upstate New York Tea Party beginning at 7 p.m. at the Westside Ballroom, 253 New York Road, on the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base. Both candidates will respond to questions from three media panelists: Joe LoTemplio from the Press-Republican, Pat Bradley from Northeast Public Radio, and Jeremiah Papineau from Denton Publications.

Candidates will be allotted three minutes each for an opening and closing statements. They will be granted two minutes to respond to each question and one minute each for rebuttal.

UNYTEA has already endorsed Hoffman in the race for Congress.

"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 UNYTEA chairman Mark Barie, who will serve as debate moderator. "The debate is part of our on-going effort to keep the voters informed about their choices in the upcoming election."

A similar debate between Doheny and Hoffman will be held in Saranac Lake Tuesday, Sept. 7, at the Harrietstown Town Hall, organized by WNBZ Radio and the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.

Questions for the Saranac Lake debate will come from a panel of North Country journalists. The public is invited to submit questions to these panelists for consideration.

"In order to provide a fair and balanced debate setting, all questions will be kept secret prior to the evening of the debate," said WNBZ news director Chris Morris.

Panelists and moderators for the evening include Morris, Brian Mann of North Country Public Radio, Peter Crowley of the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, and Matt Bosley of Denton Publications.

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