The Wilton League of Women Voters (LWV) will join with 11 area chapters of the LWV in Fairfield County to present a debate between Democrat Jim Himes and Republican Dan Debicella, candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives 4th Congressional District, on Sunday, Oct. 19. The event, free and open to the public, will be held 4-5:30 p.m., at the Clune Performing Arts Center at Wilton High School, 395 Danbury Rd./Rte. 7.  It is the first of three debates currently scheduled in this race throughout the county.

“The Leagues of Southwestern Connecticut—the 4th Congressional District—have joined forces to present a centrally-located forum for area residents to learn the candidates’ positions on national and local issues, particularly those impacting our region,” says debate facilitator Jara Burnett of LWV Greenwich.

Co-sponsors are LWVs of the Bridgeport Area, Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Redding, Ridgefield, Stamford, Weston, Westport and Wilton (hosting the event).

The afternoon’s format will include questions collected in writing from the audience and others prepared by League members. All questions will be presented by moderator Kay Maxwell (Stamford), a former president of the League of Women Voters of the United States and currently executive director of the Stamford-based World Affairs Forum.

Himes of Greenwich is a Democrat representing the 4th Congressional District since 2008. He was a business executive before being elected to Congress. He graduated from Harvard and was a Rhodes Scholar, Oxford University. Debicella, his Republican challenger, is a businessman and former State Senator, who represented the 21st district in the Connecticut State Senate. Debicella ran unsuccessfully against Himes in 2010. He is a graduate of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and Harvard Business School.

For additional information about the Oct. 19 debate, visit the website of the League of Women Voters of Connecticut (LWVCT) or call debate facilitator Jara Burnett, director, LWVCT at 203.637.9244 or the League office at 203.288.7996. 

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. The League neither supports nor opposes any political party or candidate.