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NY21 debates this week in Hague and Watertown


There will be two debates this week in the race for the 21st Congressional District seat held by U.S. Rep. William L. Owens, who is not seeking re-election.

The first, on Wednesday, will take place in Hague, a town on the eastern side of the district.

The event, which is sponsored by the Hague Chronicle, is billed as a “Congressional Candidates Night,” and will feature a meet and greet at 6:30 p.m. followed by a timed question and answer session at 7 p.m. moderated by Anne McDonald.

Republican Matthew A. Doheny and Elise M. Stefanik, who are running against each other in a primary election on June 24, will be there, as will Green Party candidate Matthew J. Funiciello. Aaron G. Woolf, the Democratic candidate, will not attend. The debate will not be televised.

The following day, Mr. Doheny and Ms. Stefanik will face each other in a debate at WWNY TV in Watertown. The debate will be broadcast on WWNY, public TV stations WPBS and Mountain Lake PBS and North Country Public Radio.

According to a news release from WWNY, the debate moderator will be Brian Ashley, co-anchor of WWNY’s 6 p.m. news. The panel questioning the candidates includes David Sommerstein, assistant news director of North Country Public Radio; Thom Hallock, producer and anchor of Mountain Lake Journal; Jeff Cole, anchor of WWNY’s morning news and The Public Eye, a weekly interview program on WPBS.

The WWNY debate will be in the same format as the debate broadcast on Time Warner Cable News on May 27.

“Each candidate will have a chance to make opening and closing statements, and to answer questions about both national and local topics. In addition, each candidate will be able to ask the other a question, and there will be a ‘lightning round’ of questions from the panel as well,” according to WWNY News Director Scott Atkinson.

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