Send In Your Questions for the Local State Rep & State Senate Debate

The Morgan Political Club is sponsoring a debate among the candidates for state representative in the 35th district and state senator in the 33rd district on Oct. 24.


If you have been following the two presidential debates and the vice presidential debate, there's another debate on the horizon that you not only can send in your questions to the candidates ahead of time, you can attend.

This debate is organized, hosted and moderated by The Morgan School Political Club and will feature the two candidates for state representative in the 35th House District and the three candidates for state senator in the 33rd district.


The candidates are:

For State Representative:

John Samperi (R)

Tom Vicino (D)


For State Senator:

Jim Crawford (D)

Art Linares (R)

Melissa Schlag (Green Party)


The 35th district covers the towns of Clinton, Killingworth and Westbrook.  The 33rd senate district covers the towns of Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland and Westbrook.

The debate will be held in the Gagnon Auditorium at The Morgan School on Wednesday, October 24.  The debate between the two state representative candidates begin at 6:30pm; the debate between the three state senate candidates will begin at 7:30pm.

Prior to the debate, members of the Political Club are asking the public to submit their questions to the candidate(s).

Feel free to submit your question(s) to a specific candidate or race by adding the question to our "comments" section at the end of this article.  All questions will be forwarded to the Political Club for their review.

Fay Abrahamsson October 20, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Hi Bruce - As far as I know, the Morgan Political Club is asking for voters' questions ahead of time for the candidates, and that the questioning will be from them (club members) and moderated by them but open as to the subject matter. It will be the state rep debate first, followed by the state senate.
Bruce Farmer October 20, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Thanks Much Fay !!
Phil Sengle October 22, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Six questions which should surprise no one for all candidates so I will list them here. 1. Did you or would you have supported the $700M Bus Way from New Britain to Hartford? 2. How does this bus way benefit the residents of the 35th and 33rd district? 3. Does this colosal bus way project reduce needed funds for bridge repairs in 33rd district? 4. Did you or would you have supported the program passed by the legislature to release violent felons early? 5. Did you or would you have supported the largest tax increase in state history passed by the last session of the legislature? 6. What will you do to make the state business friendly to stop job loss?
Bruce Farmer October 25, 2012 at 02:40 PM
I thought the Morgan Political Club did a great job of putting on a very good debate last night. The questions were excellent and the students handled the debate well. Hats off to the students !!
Dave Adametz October 25, 2012 at 03:51 PM
A round of applause for the Morgan Political club is in order here. The debate was extremely well organized and the questions the students asked the candidates showed they had a sophistication and level of maturity beyond their years. Even when John Samperi (candidate for the 35th state district seat) requested that the podiums be relocated down to the floor level of the audience rather than up on the stage (Mr. Samperi prefers to talk with people as equals, not down at people) the Morgan political club was more than happy to oblige. They have provided a valuable service for the community and we thank them for their gold star efforts.


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