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Secretary of the State - West Hartford - University of Hartford, Lincoln Theater

Secretary of the State debate to be held at the Lincoln Theater on the campus of the University of Hartford, featuring Dominic Rapini (R) and Stephanie Thomas (D), in West Hartford. This will be the fourth debate in the series.

In collaboration with the League of Women Voters of Connecticut (LWVCT), Connecticut Public presents a weekly series of political debates between the key candidates in advance of the midterm November 2022 elections, including debates for the statewide offices of Governor and Secretary of the State, as well as U.S. Senate and Connecticut’s five U.S. Congressional districts.

Moderated by Connecticut Public journalists, each debate will take place at a different college or university campus throughout our state and will be broadcast and streamed across Connecticut Public platforms.

Following each debate will be a lively post-debate discussion led by Connecticut Public’s Frankie Graziano with Connecticut’s leading political pundits and journalists.

Debate Series

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    U.S. House of Representatives, 3rd Congressional District
    This event will not occur due to candidate viability and scheduling conflicts.
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    U.S. House of Representatives, 2nd Congressional District
    Date: Tuesday, October 4 at 8pm
    Candidates: Joe Courtney (D - incumbent) and Mike France (R)
    Moderator: Catherine Shen
    Location: Eastern Connecticut State University, Fine Arts Instructional Center Concert Hall, Willimantic, CT
    Watch On Demand: 2nd District Debate
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    U.S. House of Representatives, 1st Congressional District
    Date: Tuesday, October 11 at 8pm
    Candidates: John Larson (D - incumbent) and Dr. Larry Lazor (R)
    Moderator: Ray Hardman
    Location: Manchester Community College, SBM Charitable Foundation Auditorium, Manchester, CT
    Watch Now On Demand: 1st District Debate
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    U.S. House of Representatives, 4th Congressional District
    Date: Thursday, October 13 at 8pm
    Candidates: Jim Himes (D - incumbent) and Jayme Stevenson (R)
    Moderator: Khalilah Brown-Dean
    Location: Norwalk Community College, David Levinson Theater, Norwalk, CT
    Watch Now On Demand: 4th District Debate
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    Secretary of the State
    Date: Tuesday, October 18 at 8pm
    Candidates: Dominic Rapini (R) and Stephanie Thomas (D)
    Moderator: Walter Smith Randolph
    Location: University of Hartford, Lincoln Theater, West Hartford, CT
    Watch On Demand: Midterm Election Analysis

    Watch Now On Demand: Secretary of the State Debate
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    U.S. House of Representatives, 5th Congressional District
    Date: Thursday, October 20 at 8pm
    Candidates: Jahana Hayes (D - incumbent) and George Logan (R)
    Moderator: Frankie Graziano
    Location: Central Connecticut State University, Torp Theater, New Britain, CT
    Watch Now On Demand: 5th District Debate
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    Date: Tuesday, October 25 at 8pm
    Candidates: Richard Blumenthal (D - incumbent) and Leora Levy (R)
    Debate cancelled due to candidate non-participation.
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    Date: Thursday, October 27 at 8pm
    Candidates: Ned Lamont (D - incumbent) and Bob Stefanowski (R)
    Debate cancelled due to candidate non-participation.
For Media

For Media

  • A live stream will be offered to any media outlet or organization in the state that would like to stream the debates through their platform.
  • Access will be granted to members of the media, however no video or still cameras will be allowed during the debate.
  • Connecticut Public will make images and video available to all media.
  • Representatives for the candidates will be made available for questions following each debate.

Join Civic Minded Citizens of Connecticut

This weekly series of candidate debates provides a powerful way for people to hear directly from candidates, broaden their understanding of the issues and to actively participate in democracy.

We are able to provide this type of vitally important programming because of our supporters. 

Please join us in this effort by contributing to Connecticut Public’s CIVIC MINDED CITIZENS OF CONNECTICUT funding opportunity. While donations at any level are welcome, supporters at $1,000 and above receive a variety of benefits including tickets to the Debates as well as recognition on Donor and Sponsor Honor Rolls at the end of each program and on the website. Supporters at higher levels receive additional recognition including on TV and Radio promotional spots, on digital and through event signage.

Thank you! Your support will help us bring important conversations to communities across the state during this election season.

Additional Resources

For additional information, contact audiencecare@ctpublic.org

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Supporting Sponsors:

The Connecticut Democracy Center

The Governor M. Jodi Rell Center for Public Service at the University of Hartford


UConn Health

Patron Sponsor:

American Press Institute

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

CT Humanities

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

Main Street Community Foundation

Honor Roll Sponsor:

Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut

Fairfield County's Community Foundation

The William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund