ELIZABETHTOWN - Voters in Essex County will soon have a chance to meet the two men vying to be Essex County's top law enforcement official and see them speak face to face about the future of the position.
Denton Publications will sponsor a debate Oct. 18, 7 p.m. at Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School featuring Richard Cutting and Michael "Ike" Tyler, the two independent candidates for Essex County Sheriff.
Both candidates will field questions solicited from members of the public in the weeks leading up to the debate. A panel of local news professionals will present the questions and act as moderators.
Among the panelists are Matt Bosley of the Valley News, Peter Crowley of the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Chris Morris of WNBZ Radio, and Kim Smith Dedam of the Press-Republican.
Cutting and Tyler, both registered Republicans, are running for Sheriff as independent candidates. Cutting will also be on the Republican line after receiving support from a caucus of party committee members Sept. 15.
Tyler is making his second run for the position after finishing a close second to incumbent Sheriff Henry Hommes in the 2009 election. Cutting, who served as Undersheriff under Hommes, was appointed Sheriff after Hommes passed away July 30.
Whoever is elected to the position Nov. 2 will immediately take office and serve a full four-year term.
Readers may submit questions for the candidates in writing to Matt Bosley by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, sending mail to P.O. Box 338, Elizabethtown, N.Y., or via fax at 873-6360.