Three 60-minute debates involving the candidates for New York State Assembly, Chautauqua County Executive, and Chautauqua County District Attorney will take place at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts’ Media Arts Studio for two nights in October.
The first debate will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8 and feature the candidates for New York State Assembly: Christina Cardinale (Democratic) and Andrew Goodell (Republican, Conservative, Independence).
The other two debates will be held on Thursday, Oct. 15 and feature candidates for the special election of Chautauqua County Executive: Richard Morrisroe (Democratic, Working Families) and Paul “PJ” Wendel (Republican, Conservative, Independence); and the election for Chautauqua County District Attorney: Jason Schmidt (Republican, Conservative) and Patrick Swanson (Democratic, Independence, Working
Families). Those debates will take place at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively.
The debate will take place at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts in Jamestown, inside the facility’s Media Arts Studio.
Three different media outlets will be collaborating to bring the debates to residents throughout Chautauqua County. Participating media members include Media One Radio Group, WNY News Now, and WRFA Radio – all based in Jamestown.
Jason Sample, WRFA Public Affairs Director, will serve as moderator for all three debates. Questions for the candidates will be provided by participating media members – Terry Frank, Media One News Director; Justin Gould, WNY News Now Director/Anchor; and Sample. There will also be an opportunity for each candidate to pose one question to one another.
Due to COVID-19, there won’t be a live studio audience for the debate. However, it will be broadcast live on WRFA radio (107.9 FM or streaming at WRFALP.com/Streaming) and also live streamed by WNY News Now on its Facebook page as well as WNYNewsNow.com/Live. It will also be rebroadcast at times to be announced by both WJTN and WRFA radio. Video will also be available for viewing afterward through WNY News Now and the WRFA Youtube Channel.
Funding for the live broadcast and online streaming of the event was provided by the Reg and Betty Lenna Fund at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.