Candidate forum set Monday by LWV
Updated 11:45 am, Thursday, October 1, 2015
A candidate forum for the Nov. 3 municipal election will be hosted Monday by the League of Women Voters of Westport.
The event will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Town Hall auditorium.
The program will include a debate between candidates vying for the Planning and Zoning Commission, as well as remarks from contenders for the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Board of Assessment Appeals. The moderator will be Jean Rabinow, a member of the Steering Committee of the LWV of the Bridgeport Area and the director of Outreach and Education Fund of the League of Women Voters of Connecticut.
P&Z candidates expected to participate include: incumbent Republicans Chip Stephens, Al Gratrix, Cathy Walsh and Jack Whittle; Democrat Paul Lebowitz, and Coalition for Westport nominees Denise Torve, Howard Lathrop and Glenn Payne.
The candidates will be asked to answer questions from the audience, read by the moderator, and have the opportunity to make a closing statement.
Seats for the ZBA are uncontested, but two of the three candidates — Republican Liz Wong and Democrat Jim Ezzes — will speak briefly, according to the LWV. The other candidate, Republican Bill Harris, is unable to attend because of a work conflict.
The Board of Assessment Appeals is also uncontested, but the one candidate, Republican Garson Heller, will deliver brief remarks.
In addition to the debate, there will be an opportunity to meet candidates for the Representative Town Meeting from the town’s nine voting districts in the Town Hall lower lobby from 6:15 to 6:55 p.m. that night.