Election day is less than a month away, and on the East End, there is at least one local race that could be characterized as contentious as the battle between President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
This fall, for the second time, five-term Democratic Congressman Tim Bishop will face Republican opponent Randy Altschuler in an effort to secure a sixth term in the House of Representatives. In 2010, Altschuler — who is supported in this race by the Conservative and Independence parties — narrowly lost his first bid for office against Bishop by a mere 593 votes.
Congressman Bishop retains the support of not only his party, but also the Working Families party.
Over the course of the next three weeks leading up to election day on November 6, a series of debates are planned locally between Altschuler and Congressman Bishop.
The Press News Group will host the next debate at the Bridgehampton School on Montauk Highway on Monday, October 15 at 7 p.m. The first half of the debate will focus on jobs and the economy and the second half of the debate will be open to general questions.
On October 25, the League of Women Voters of the Hamptons will host a debate between Altschuler and Bishop at Westhampton High School at 7 p.m.
On October 30, the East Hampton and Southampton Business Alliances will jointly host a Congressional Question and Answer event at the Bridgehampton Community House on Montauk Highway at the intersection of School Street at 7 p.m.
In that forum, the candidates will answer questions submitted by the local business community.
According to Southampton Business Alliance President Aram Terchuian, “While other events of this type ask good general questions, this is a unique format geared specifically to the topics of importance to East End businesses.”
While the Altschuler and Congressman Bishop race may have captured the most attention, there is a second critical race South Fork residents will be paying close attention too — Albany veteran Ken LaValle, a Republican, will face Southampton Town Councilwoman Bridget Fleming in a race for the New York State Senate.
On Monday, October 15, the League of Women Voters of the Hamptons and the Hampton Bays Civic Association will cosponsor a debate between LaValle and Fleming at the Hampton Bays Senior Center on Ponquogue Avenue at 7 p.m.
On Monday, October 22, the League will host another debate between Fleming and LaValle at the East Hampton Village Firehouse at 7 p.m.
The Bridgehampton Community House is located at 2357 Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton. For additional information, please firstname.lastname@example.org.