Ticonderoga A candidates forum will be held in Ticonderoga, despite a decision not to participate by two supervisor hopefuls.
Republican nominee Bill Grinnell and Independent Steve Whitford will not take part, according to Lew Sanders, Ticonderoga Republican Party chairman.
Supervisor Deb Malaney, running as an independent, and town board candidates will take part in the forum Friday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. in the Community Building auditorium. The forum will be moderated by Walt Lender and Margaret Lauman.
Running for town board are Democrat Fred Hunsdon Sr., Independent Chattie VanWert, Republican Dorcey Crammond and Republican James Kolysko.
Malaney, a two-term incumbent, issued a debate challenge to her rivals a month ago. Grinnell and Whitford agreed to debate, pending a discussion of the debate’s format.
Grinnell issued a statement Oct. 30 stating he would not participate in the Nov. 1 forum. He cited the lack of planning and the late date, four days before the Nov. 5 election, as reasons for not taking part.
“There was ample time to set a debate if the preliminary work had been done in a timely manner,” Grinnell said. “Obviously it was not.”
Grinnell said Malaney set up the forum and didn’t allowed time for her opponents to prepare properly.
“One candidate, in fairness to all, should not be making all the choices for the format and structure of such a meeting, including changing the original concept of supervisor candidates only, without input from any other candidate,” Grinnell said. “There is not enough time to prepare for such an event because of the delay in organizing it.
“At this late date, what is to be gained by anyone if this event is only a repeat of what was already done?” he said. “Because of the poor planning, lack of organization and no input or communication surrounding this event, I see no reason to attend.”