Candidates Debate! Tonight!

For all you Madison political junkies who picture themselves as a Jim Lehrer moderator, here’s your opportunity to pose debate questions Wednesday, Oct. 17th.


From the MPOA:

For all you Madison political junkies who picture themselves as a Jim Lehrer moderator, here’s your opportunity to pose debate questions. PATCH is collecting  potential candidate questions for the Madison political debate on Wednesday, October 17th, at Memorial Town Hall with local candidates for state office (State Senator and State Rep) squaring off in a New England town hall meeting style debate.

Participants include Senatorial candidates, incumbent Ed Meyer and challenger Cindy Cartier both of Guilford, and State Rep candidates, incumbent Noreen Kokoruda and challenger David Dwyer both of Madison. The event is being sponsored by the Madison Property Owners Association, who has organized these local political debates for over 50 years

MPOA President Dick Duer said, “This will be the first Madison debate between candidates for State Rep, Ms. Kokoruda and Mr. Dwyer, who are battling to see who represents Madison and Durham voters. The State Senatorial candidates will be coming off a Branford debate the previous evening, and they represent voters from Madison, Killingworth, Durham, Guilford, Branford and North Branford.”

To have your question included in the debate, submit them to PATCH and we will forward them to the Property Owners Association debate committee. Questions can be directed specifically to the Senatorial candidates, or specifically to the State Rep candidates. Others can be asked of all four candidates. Candidates will be allotted two minutes for their answers. PLEASE: No personal attacks or long-winded questions will be accepted. So sent in your questions to PATCH.

Duer added, “let’s make this a real New England style town hall meeting debate, with lots of questions for our State Senator and State Rep candidates from Madison voters.” 

Debate format will be the same used for MPOA’s previous debates. Each candidate will begin with an opening statement of three minutes. Following the four individual introductions, there will be questions directed to each candidate. Each will be given three minutes to answer, with a one minute’s rebuttal time to their respective opponent. There will be an official timekeeper, and candidates going beyond their allotted time will be cut off.

Seating is limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. No political campaign signs are allowed. The Memorial town hall auditorium is located on the upper level and easily reached by the elevator located on the right-hand side of the building. There is ample parking.

The Madison Property Owners Association is one the oldest, continuously active civic groups in town, having been founded in 1928. The nonpartisan organization is dedicated to local government transparency and spending, and has a proud history as the town’s ombudsman to communicate, educate, and advocate for Madison residents on issues that affect local quality of life and property taxes. Sponsoring of these local political debates, the First Selectman’s race in odd years, and state office candidates in the even years, is one of the group’s major endeavors.

Daria Novak October 11, 2012 at 06:37 PM
A Question for Ed Meyer: I would like to know why he thinks those in office continue to ignore the will of the people of CT when they vote. Citizens are the bosses in America and the office holders work for us. Ex: we voters want lower spending, fewer regulations on entrepeneurs and more local control.
Charles October 11, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Is that anything like Madison Ct getting state funds for beautification of down town and an unnecessary artificial turf field for over $1,000,000? Is that what you mean he is ignoring the will of the people? Can anyone think of why one of the richest towns in CT is getting so much money? Where is Noreen K to deny those funds or do you only think Dems are to blame?
Pem McNerney (Editor) October 11, 2012 at 09:00 PM
So, Daria, you would like this question to be asked of Ed Meyer: What has he done or will he do to lower government spending? What has he done or will he do to reduce regulations on entrepreneurs? What has he done or will he do to provide municipalities with more local control and fewer mandates by the state? You want those asked of just Ed Meyer or the other candidates as well?
Pem McNerney (Editor) October 11, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Charles, you would like to ask why a municipality like Madison, which is healthy financially, gets money from the state to beautify its downtown? I'm not sure that the state is paying for the artificial turf. I think that's coming from LOCAP? I can check on that. I do think that the Strong Center at the Surf Club has applied for STEAP funds, but they were turned down once and they have reapplied and the Strong Center at the Surf Club people say both Meyer and Kokoruda are in favor of that. That money would not go to the turf field, but to other parts of the project, as I understand it. So are you wondering why they are supporting that STEAP grant application if in fact that is true?
Nicole Clarkson October 11, 2012 at 09:34 PM
It is my understanding that Cindy Cartier's attendance to Guilford Board of Selectmen meetings is abysmal. I would like to know how we can trust her to attend all CT Legislature sessions, since she has not proven she can do so. Furthermore, I understand that Cartier thinks government should only support fire departments, police departments, and education. What about social services, health care, etc?
Fred October 11, 2012 at 09:51 PM
I would like to ask why a purportedly well-to-do municipality like Madison has received a $500,000 STEAP grant from the State to bury utility wires downtown, when the State is nearly insolvent. I wonder how they rationalize their support for that.
Charles October 12, 2012 at 12:29 AM
MAC October 12, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Excellent question, Daria!! We need men and women of INTEGRITY in our legislature, instead of the deaf-to-common sense, incompetent DEM majority foisting their despotic over Regulating and over TAXING will upon an unwilling electorate! Malloy, Blumenthal, all the CT reps in congress, and so many others need to be continually asked the same question, and reminded that they are ^supposed to^ "work for us," not their corrupt crony pals, unions, PP etc.!!
Daria Novak October 12, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Pem, what I am most interested in finding out from Ed Meyer is: 1. What does he see as the proper role of an elected official when it comes to voting the Will of the People. Some officials believe they know better, and more, than voters and thus ignore us. Others believe voting the Will of the People is most critical because their job is to represent their constituents. Where does Ed stand? I also would like to know of all our candidates: 1. What will you do to reduce government regulations hurting our CT businesses? 2. How willing are you to support local control by municipalities? 3. Will you cut the true cost and size of state government? Pem, I am not sure why Charles is commenting to me above? I thought we were just giving you questions that we would like to see addressed. Thanks for doing this. It's a great service to the voters in our area.
Pem McNerney (Editor) October 12, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Thanks for clarifying Daria.
Matt October 12, 2012 at 02:51 AM
I think wasteful spending is an overall theme. - $900,000 (two grants, the most recent $500k and last year's $400k) in STEAP grants from the state to bury the power lines through the downtown block. This project does nothing for adding more business, making more jobs, or increasing patronage to existing business. Which seems to negate the purpose of the grant in the first place. Question 1: Who approved this in town and state government Question 2: How is this fiscally responsible? - Whatever the state grant was to help fund the $12,000,000 Leyland Bailout / Bird Watching Field. It has been three years. There is no plan. No scope. No ball fields. No nature trails. No kayak launch. No parking lot. No concessions. No nothing. It's just a vacant unused lot with nothing. The most expensive nothing in town. Question 1: How is buying land at 3x it's value fiscally responsible. Question 2: Why has our money been spent on nothing. How and when will this money be refunded to the state and the taxpayers since nothing has been done?
Janet October 14, 2012 at 02:42 PM
I would like to know their specific position on the retroactive tax hike that Governor Malloy instituted last year and what they think about his deal with the state worker unions.
Scott Gyllensten October 16, 2012 at 12:53 PM
I would like to ask the State Representative candidates, to describe their educational background and private sector job experience and discuss how those experiences have prepared them to serve Madison and Durham in the State House.
Pem McNerney (Editor) October 16, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Great questions! Thanks. What else ... ?
Emily Eisenlohr October 16, 2012 at 08:36 PM
I'd like to know what they would propose to reduce the state's debt and unfunded pension liabilities. Have our prior legislators shown by having the poorest pension funding level in the nation that they think the promised pension benefits are too rich? An August 27th Barron's article compared states' financial burdens to their economies.Connecticut was dead last in the ranking of combined debt and unfunded pension promises as a percentage of GDP. Ours: 17.1%. California: 6.8%. Illinois: 16.3%. Are the Republicans doing all the heavy lifting on this issue? What would the Republicans like to see from Democrats to agree to compromise? Money knows no gender, religion or ethnicity when one pays one's bills. Also, what would you propose to do this next session to reform Connecticut education? We have the highest achievement gap in the nation. How do you see it affecting our economy? What would you like to see from the new leadership of the state teachers' union? How might a two-tier system of education targets work better for the state? (Example: annual testing at low-performing schools, but less frequent testing with other "stretch" targets for higher performing schools.) Registered Independent. Thank you.
Jon October 17, 2012 at 02:02 PM
How can we abolish public sector unions so our state doesn't begin the horid decline as we can see all across Califonia? California is looking like Greece. Greece is saturated with unions. Residents of Madison don't have to look far at how corrupt union labor is, just glance at Southern Connecticut Gas installing lines and chewing up our streets. If you look closely you can see one guy asleep in his car (2 hours) before the workers arrive. They chat for about an hour. Only 40% of the workers actually do anything. Perhaps unions can be abolished completely, they are just monopolies that try and blackmail.
Matt October 17, 2012 at 04:24 PM
SCG is not a public sector. it is private company. So are all the other utilities. Nice try, but you should find an example that is remotely applicable next time. And news flash, there are lazy people in every profession, a union is not required. Public sector unions are necessary because the employer and ultimate boss is a lying politician. The mayor, or first selectman, or some commission. Never in history has a politician done something that wasn't for their own personal gain. If left to their own devices, your schools, police, and fire departments would be reduced to 3 people each getting paid $9/hr and expected to work 12hr shifts 7 days per week. If politicians could be trusted to not be foolish self-serving liars, then unions wouldn't be necessary. But that isn't the case so the protection from unjust conditions is required.
Jim-Bob Masters October 22, 2013 at 03:41 AM
Haven't you heard, we no longer have Constitutional Rights under current U.S. leadership. The Constitution is said to be a living document so now they can kill it. You complain and want answers, they say NO, always playing the National Security card. You want to express your opposing opinion to a Federal politician under your first amendment right of Protest, Assembly and free speech, not any more...GONE. Federal HR347. (Google it and see) That will likely trickle down to state and local elected governments as well.


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