Mansfield residents will have the opportunity to address their state legislative candidates Wednesday at a Candidates Night hosted by the League of Women Voters.
The event will take place today, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. at E.O. Smith Regional High School.
Mansfield's Democratic and Republican Chairmen - Mark LaPlaca and Tony Lent - stressed the importance of resident participation Wednesday.
“I think it’s particularly important for folks who live in the southwestern part of Mansfield who are part of the new state rep. district that the state created as part of the census,” LaPlaca said, citing residents’ need to familiarize themselves with Democratic candidate Linda Orange, of Colchester. “They really need to get to know her,” he said, adding "It's a great opportunity to ask questions."
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Lent encouraged residents to come out and ask questions on topics he believed Mansfield normally "keeps silent on."
“As far as the Republican party goes, we need people to come out and put questions to Senator Williams in particular at this point about what he’s done for small business which is virtually nothing,” Lent said. “I want to hold his feet to the fire, but I think Mansfield people should too,” he said.
Residents will hear from:
- 29th State Senate District - Sally White (R, I) and incumbent Don Williams (D, WF)
- 48th State Representative District - Stan Soby (R) and incumbent Linda Orange (D, WF)
- 54th State Representative District - Gregg Haddad (D, WF); unopposed
Mansfield LWV member Sondra Astor Stave will serve as moderator.
The Mansfield Registrar of Voters will be on hand to register voters at 6:15 p.m.