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One more Assembly debate?

Bisso tries to organize another for 115th District before Nov. 6 election

October 23, 2012
By CHRIS MORRIS - Staff Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

One candidate in the race for New York's new 115th Assembly District hopes voters will have another chance to see all three candidates debate before the Nov. 6 election, but it doesn't look like that will happen.

Plattsburgh educator Karen Bisso reached out to her opponents, incumbent Assemblywoman Janet Duprey and Plattsburgh City Councilman Tim Carpenter, on Friday to see if they could debate on either Oct. 30 or Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. at the Franklin County Courthouse in Malone. Bisso will be on the Conservative Party line in next month's election, Duprey will be on the Republican and Independence lines, and Carpenter is running as a Democrat. The candidates previously squared off in a debate hosted by Mountain Lake PBS on Oct. 8.

Bisso's campaign has since challenged Duprey and Carpenter to participate in a town hall-style debate, including questions from the public.

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The debate would be moderated by a third party that is "currently being assigned for this event," the Bisso campaign said.

Duprey said in an emailed statement that she won't be able to participate.

"My schedule is completely filled between Assembly and campaign-related commitments from now through Election Day," she wrote.

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Carpenter said in an email he would be available until about 10 p.m. Oct. 30, but then has to go to his job at Franklin Correctional Facility in Malone, where he works as a correction officer. On Nov. 1, Carpenter has a city council meeting in Plattsburgh "that could go late due to the budget process."

Carpenter said he would like to participate if the debate is held on Oct. 30.

Bisso said she will meet with voters regardless of who attends.



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