Primary season has hit full swing with the first of two televised debates between Republican 21st Congressional District candidates having aired this week with more up-close-and-personal events to come.
Matt Doheny of Watertown and Elise Stefanik of Willsboro squared off Tuesday, May 27th in a debate that was televised on Time Warner cable.
Local Republican Committees, CAP-21 and the Central Adiron-dack Association (CAA) are all contributing to upcoming events to allow Town of Webb and Inlet residents to get a good close look prior to Primary Election Day on Tuesday, June 24.
“The purpose is to introduce these congressional candidates to the constituents of this part of the north country. We don’t get to see them that much here, face to face, and we want to bring their faces to Inlet and Old Forge,” said Bill Faro of Inlet, a member of the Hamilton County Republican Committee.
The committee has scheduled an event for Sunday, June 8th at The Woods Inn, in Inlet, to inform Inlet and other residents of election and legislative goings-on in Hamilton County and New York State.
Elise Stefanik and Matt Doheny will be among those attending. As headliners, they will be presenting their platforms and ideas as they seek Congressional Office in the 21st District.
Also attending will be Sheriff Chris Moss, who is running for NYS Lieutenant Governor. Sheriff Moss hails from Chemung County.
State Senator Hugh Farley and Assemblyman Marc Butler will also be on hand.
The remainder of the guest slate was still being confirmed at press time, but invitations have been extended to other Republi-can leaders for a possible roundtable discussion, according to Faro.
The free event will be held from 2 to 5 p.m., and the public is invited to enjoy complimentary soft drinks and hors d’oeuvres. A cash bar will also be available.
It will be part meet-and-greet with an informational session to be directed by Hamilton County Republican Committee Chairman, Bill Osbourne.
Following will be a question and answer opportunity for audience members.
“Everybody’s welcome to attend regardless of party,” Bill Faro said.
On Monday, June 16, a Raquette Lake cruise fundraiser will be held in support of Elise Stefanik’s candidacy.
The cruise will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. aboard Raquette Lake Navigation Company’s double-deck vessel, the W.W. Durant .
Boarding will start at 6 pm., and the $50 ticket price will include hors d’ouevres. A cash bar will also be available.
The fundraiser has been organized by Nancy Venetz, a member of the Herkimer County Republican Committee, that has endorsed candidate Stefanik.
Tickets can be purchased by calling Venetz at (315) 369-3575.
Candidates of all party affiliations have been invited to an informational forum to be held at View’s Gould Hall in Old Forge on Tuesday, June 17.
The event, sponsored by CAP-21 and the CAA, will be from 6 to 8 p.m.
Candidates will include Republicans Doheny and Stefanik, as well as Democrat Aaron Woolf, and Matt Funiciello of the Green Party.
CAP-21’s executive director, Nick Rose, will serve as moderator. Written questions from the public will be collected at the venue’s entrance.
The final televised debate between Doheny and Stefanik will be broadcast on June 12 at 7 p.m., on WWNY Channel 7 out of Watertown.