BRISTOL – The Bristol Chamber of Commerce is holding its first Gubernatorial Forum Aug. 9. at the Aqua Turf Club.
The forum is open to the public and will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the banquet facility at 556 Mulberry St. It will include a full breakfast.
The 2018 candidates for governor will each be asked to explain why they feel they are the right candidate, what qualities they can bring to the table and explain their ideas for how to improve the state. The chamber will also be reading off submitted questions.
Cindy Bombard, president and CEO of the chamber, said that the role of the chamber is to educate members and this forum will help to do so.
In the past, the chamber has hosted debates and forums for local offices as well. She said that she expects the state budget to be a hot topic at the forum.
“Dannel Malloy is not going to be governor anymore so we hope that this forum will provide people with the opportunity to select the candidate that they feel best fits the position,” Bombard said. “The candidates will be right there in front of you so you will have the opportunity to listen to them speak, educate yourselves on their positions and make an informed vote.”
Bombard encouraged people to attend the forum and to vote in the election because it is their “right and their privilege.”
As of Thursday, the following candidates will be participating in the forum:
n Mark Boughton – Republican
n Joe Ganim – Democrat
n Oz Griebel – Independent
n Tim Herbst – Republican
n Ned Lamont – Democrat
n Steve Obsitnik – Republican
n Bob Stefanowski – Republican
n David Stemerman – Republican
Sponsors include Webster Bank, United Bank, ConnectiCare, Bristol Hospital, D’Amato Construction Co., Inc. and Farmington Bank.
Registration is $35 for chamber members and $45 for non-chamber members. To register, call 860-584-4718 or visit centralctchambers.org. Candidate questions can be emailed to Bombard at email@example.com.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org