Campaign 2014: Local candidate forum July 28

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NEWPORT — Two candidates for Essex County State’s Attorney and three candidates for the Essex-Caledonia-Orleans House district have agreed to participate in a forum sponsored by local media in Brighton on July 28.

This will be the first in a series of forums. The second one will be for the four candidates running for Orleans County State’s Attorney, all of whom have agreed to participate in a forum on August 11 in Newport.

Tod Pronto, executive director of NEK TV, will serve as moderator. These three races have Republican Primary elections to be decided on August 26.

The Chronicle, the Orleans County Record, the Newport Daily Express, Northland Journal, NEK TV, and Newport Dispatch online news are collaborating to present these forums.

Starting at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 28, at the Brighton Municipal Building gymnasium, incumbent Essex County State’s Attorney Vince Illuzzi of Derby and challenger Julianne Woolard of Charleston, both Republicans, will be on the first panel.

At 7:30 p.m. the second panel — also Republican candidates — will start. On that panel are Maurice Connary of Brighton, Paul Lefebvre of Newark, and Kenn Stransky of Norton.

The three men are vying for a nomination to serve as Representative in the House district that covers Bloomfield, Brighton, Canaan, East Haven, Lemington, Newark, Norton, and Westmore.

On August 11 at the East Side Restaurant in Newport, four candidates for Orleans County State’s Attorney will participate in a forum starting at 6 p.m.

Two Republicans, a Democrat, and an independent are running. The incumbent is Republican Alan Franklin of Newport who faces Republican Jennifer Barrett of Dorset in the Primary. James Lillicrap of Lowell, a Democrat, and independent Ben Luna of Brownington are challengers.

Candidates will each have a chance to introduce themselves, and then each will answer questions from the news media and the public.

To submit a question, please e-mail it to and put “candidate question” in the subject line.

For more information, contact Bethany M. Dunbar at the Chronicle:

You can also submit questions through our Facebook page, or through the comment section of this post.

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