Rep. Bill Owens and challenger Matt Doheny will debate Sept. 5 in Washington County, far from St. Lawrence County in the southeast of the newly drawn 21st Congressional District.
The Washington County Farm Bureau is hosting the “Meet the Candidates” night Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Greenwich High School auditorium at 10 Gray Ave. in Greenwich.
The only other agreed-upon debate announced so far will be in in the Queensbury High School auditorium in Glens Falls on Sept. 25, at the eastern edge of the district, sponsored by the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Both major party candidates, Democrat incumbent Owens and Watertown Republican Doheny, are scheduled to attend the Sept. 5 event and answer questions during an hour long question and answer period with the voters, according to the Farm Bureau.
"While preference will be given to farm related issues, all questions are welcome to be submitted by WCFB members and the public in attendance," the release from the Farm Bureau said.
Doheny spokesman Jude Seymour said two weeks ago the campaign has agreed to debate in “each media market” in the district, including Oct. 25 at Jefferson Community College in Watertown, hosted by YNN-tv. He said Doheny has also agreed to a debate in Plattsburgh hosted by WPTZ-tv at a “date and location to be determined.”
James Hannaway of Owens’ campaign staff has said the Plattsburgh congressman has received “roughly a dozen offers from community organizations, newspapers and tv stations” for debates.