Local congressional and senate races are heating up, with oodles of opportunities for voters to meet the candidates and watch them debate coming up.
The League of Women Voters of the Hamptons invites the community to two events next week to educate voters on the issues.
The first is a state senate debate between Bridget Fleming (D) and Senator Kenneth LaValle (R) on Monday at 7 PM at the Hampton Bays Senior Center on Ponquogue Avenue. Assemblyman Fred Thiele, Jr. (I), who is unopposed in his race, will be introduced.
Co-sponsored by the Hampton Bays Civic Association, the debate consists of the candidates making timed opening and closing statements and answering questions posed by the League, the press and the audience.
The League has also scheduled a second NYS Senate debate for Monday, October 22, 7 PM. at the East Hampton Firehouse.
In addition, the League is hosting a U.S. Congressional debate between Randy Altschuler (R) and Congressman Timothy Bishop (D) on Thursday, October 25, 7 PM. at Westhampton Beach High School, 49 Lilac Road.
All are welcome to attend the 42th Annual Concerned Citizens of Montauk "Meet the Candidates Forum" to be held on Sunday, October 28, at the Montauk Firehouse at 1 PM.
Candidates from races for NYS Senate, NYS Assembly and the NYS House of Representatives are invited and anticipated to attend.
The East Hampton Business Alliance and Southampton Business Alliance are co-hosting a Congressional Q&A debate at the Bridgehampton Community House on Tuesday, October 30, at 7 PM. Questions will be coming from alliance members with additional questions from the attendees time permitting.
In other election news, the East Hampton Group for Good Government reminded this week that voting by absentee ballot is simple. Request a ballot from the Suffolk County Board of Elections and one will be mailed to you. The request should be received no later than the seventh day before the election on November 6.