The New Jersey Globe will host a debate in the special election for New Jersey State Senate in the 25th legislative district on Sunday, October 18 at 9 PM.
The debate will be livestreamed to Facebook Live, YouTube and Twitter, and broadcast live on the New Jersey Globe website. New Jersey Globe editor David Wildstein will serve as moderator.
The winner of the election will fill the remaining fourteen months of the term of the late Anthony R. Bucco, who died in September 2019.
The Democratic nominee for Senate, Rupande Mehta, has accepted a debate invitation that was sent to both candidates last month. Republican Anthony M. Bucco, who took the Senate seat after the death of his father, has not yet indicated that he would participate. The NJ Globe has been in contact with both campaigns.
In organizing forums for Congress and the legislature, the NJ Globe has determined that debates will take place as long as one candidate accepts the invitation. In the event that a candidate is forced to debate alone, an empty chair will occupy the spot they would have occupied virtually.
In the interest of fairness to the voters and the candidates, the New Jersey Globe has set a hard deadline of Tuesday October 13 for Mr. Bucco to accept or reject the invitation to debate.
The NJ Globe will host an 11th District Congressional Debate between Democrat Mikie Sherrill and Republican Rosemary Becchi on Sunday, October 11 at 9 PM and a 5th District Congressional Debate between Democrat Josh Gottheimer and Republican Frank Pallotta on Sunday, October 25 at 9 PM.
In case you missed it, watch the New Jersey Globe Congressional Debates from the 3rd and 7th districts.