GOP candidates make their case to represent 5th District

July 30, 2018

The three Republican candidates running in the Aug. 14 primary to represent the 5th District will argue their case Monday night in a debate.

Front-runner Manny Santos and challengers Ruby Corby O’Neill and Rich Dupont will answer questions moderated by Max Reiss, NBC CT political reporter, according to a release.

The 8:30 p.m. debate, which will be livestreamed on the NBC CT website and its Facebook page, is scheduled to last an hour.

Santos, a former mayor of Meriden, won the GOP endorsement at the Republican convention in May. O’Neill, a retired psychology professor from Southbury is a first-time candidate. Dupont, a Watertown businessman, is also running his first race for office.

Democrats are preparing for their own mid-August primary. Democratic front-runner Mary Glassman, a former longtime Simsbury first selectman, is being challenged by Jahana Glassman, who won the 2016 National Teacher of the Year award.

The candidates are running to represent a Congressional district that stretches from greater Danbury Massachusetts. U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, a Democrat who has represented the district for three terms, dropped plans to run for re-election after revealing that she covered up an office abuse scandal.

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