LWV debate shows sign of life in LD25


A “canceled” League of Women Voters debate between LD-25 candidates could have a new lease of life – weather permitting.

Remember that the debate, which would have been co-sponsored by the Morristown, Mountain Lakes, West Morris and Warren leagues, was proposed earlier this month.

But Republican State Senator Anthony M. Bucco has said he will not.

Shortly after, the party’s assembly candidates, incumbent Aura Dunn and Brian Bergen, withdrew, citing timing issues.

This prompted the expected indignant response from the three District Democrats – Senate candidate Jeff Grayzel and Assembly candidates Patricia Veres and Lauren Barnett.

The League also sent out a statement defending its traditional role of organizing non-partisan debates and begging Republicans to reconsider.

Maybe they are.

Bucco said Monday evening the debate could resume, assuming a date can be found. Three weeks before election day, this can be problematic.

The senator said the league had agreed to identify him as the incumbent if a debate took place.

It had been a sticking point. Bucco said he was dismayed to learn that during last year’s debate he was told his nameplate could not identify him as a senator.

League policy has been to identify the candidates as they appear on the ballot.

A spokesperson for the League said this afternoon that nothing is final on a debate that may indeed take place after all.

I guess we’ll have to wait, but obviously not very long.

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