The Stonington Community Center is hosting a debate between Theresa Madonna and Andrew Maynard tonight beginning at 7:30. Madonna is challenging incumbent Maynard for the Connecticut State Senate 18 District. Stonington First Selectman Ed Haberek is moderating the debate. Tonight’s debate focuses on state taxes, spending, jobs, education and crime. Updates from the debate will be posted here as they come in. Follow Stonington-Mystic Patch on Twitter and Facebook. Remember to refresh your web browser to see updates.
8:20 p.m.: Two questions left. Check Stonington-Mystic Patch and Groton Patch tomorrow morning for a full story on the debate.
8:17 p.m: Madonna responds to energy question first says she would work to find ways for the state to become more energy-efficient and that the state should be looking into green alternatives. Maynard answers next and it seems on energy the two candidates agree. Maynard says the state is too dependent on oil and finding alternatives would also help businesses.
8:14 p.m.: Next question deals with the high cost of energy.
8:13 p.m: First audience member question deals with medicare. Both candidates say they would not be for the state managing medicare
8:10 p.m: We're getting into some of the questions from audience members know. What do you want asked?
8:00 p.m: Madonna answers first saying she would work to see tourist attractions linked better together. Maynard says he believes the current state strategy is a good one and that since the new marketing campaign which he worked on, visits to local tourist attractions such as the Mystic Seaport and Mystic Aquarium have increased.
7:57 p.m: Next Question: What are your thoughts and ideas on tourism and our role as one of the largest tourism areas in the state:
7:55 p.m: Haberek’s next question asks what the candidates would do to address the achievement gap he uses the Groton Patch article “” as an example of the need for the candidates to address the issue.
7:50 p.m: Madonna says she would work to repeal 77 taxes that were passed as part of the budget including tax on move tickets and clothing. Maynard responds that many of those taxes were on items such as spa treatments and pet grooming that would not be regarded as absolute necessities.
7:44 p.m: First Question: What is your view on taxes?
7:41 p.m: Maynard making opening statements now: “I won’t pretend one person can go up there and change everything,” Maynard says adding he is looking forward to continuing his work.
7:39 p.m: Madonna making opening statements. “I’m very concerned about the state of our economy,” Madonna says as the reason she decided to run.
7: 35 p.m: And we're off. Opening remarks being given by Haberek.
7:25 p.m: Do you have questions for the candidates? Post them in the comments and I’ll try to sneak them in for you.
7:20: p.m.: Candidate Theresa Madonna just arrived and so did Moderator First Selectman Ed Haberek.
7:15 p.m.: There's an awful lot of cars parked outside but few people inside so far.