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Aug 28, 2012 11:29 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Democratic State Senate Candidates To Debate In Southampton On Wednesday

Aug 28, 2012 5:26 PM

Two Democrats who will compete in a primary next month for a chance at unseating longtime Republican New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle will debate each other in Southampton Village on Wednesday evening, August 29.

Southampton Town Councilwoman Bridget Fleming of Noyac and Rocky Point trial attorney Jennifer Maertz will participate in a debate moderated by the League of Women Voters of the Hamptons at the Rogers Memorial Library at the corner of Windmill Lane and Coopers Farm Road, at 7 p.m.

The debate will last somewhere between 45 minutes and an hour, said Anne Marshall, the chairwoman of the league’s voter services committee. Two individuals will ask questions of the candidates, who will have two minutes to respond. The questioners will be Carol Mellor, a former president of the league and a current member of its voter services and government committees, and Bill Sutton, the managing editor of The Press News Group and 27east.com.

The debate will be televised by government channels in both East Hampton and Southampton towns—at stations LTV and SEA-TV, respectively.

At the debate, candidates will have three chances to respond to a statement made by the opponent. They will have opportunities to make opening and closing statements, and to ask one question of each other. The audience will also be able to submit questions.

The debate will be moderated by Susan Wilson, a past president of the league, said Ms. Marshall.

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Ken LaValle is a well-entrenched incumbent of 36 years who will have the whole Republican establishment behind him. Most regrettably, some of the Democratic establishment will be behind Ken too, if only by inaction stemming from defeatism or cross-aisle cronyism. If he is to be given serious competition, it will take a very strong challenger.

Going by her record of accomplishments as a fraud prosecutor and as an elected Southampton Town Councilwoman, Bridget Fleming is that strong challenger. ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1966), Quiogue on Aug 28, 12 9:58 PM
... I especiallly like the way she campaigns for the posiiton in front of the TV cameras during Town Board meetings. She is better at it than Bender was when he was running for office while supposedly addressing the board on pertinent during the public portion of the same meetings.
By William Rodney (558), southampton on Aug 29, 12 2:35 AM
I thought the way the system worked was that, if you do your job well, the voters will support you. If you mean Bridget Fleming's doing her Town Board job well, I agree.

You really sort of have to mean that. Consider the opposite: you can't effectively "campaign" for any "position" by doing a poor job in front of the TV cameras. Glad we're on the same page.
By Turkey Bridge (1966), Quiogue on Aug 29, 12 10:48 AM
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