Candidates set for Legislative District 2 Debate on Oct. 25

The William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy and The Press of Atlantic City have confirmed the participants, times and other details of Legislative District 2 debates scheduled for Oct. 25, 2017 on the Stockton University campus.

A one-hour debate between state Senate candidates Chris Brown, Republican, and Colin Bell, Democrat, will begin at 6 p.m. There will be a half hour break, then a one-hour debate will begin at 7:30 p.m. among the following state Assembly candidates: incumbent Vince Mazzeo and John Armato, the Democrats, and Vince Sera and Brenda Taube, the Republicans.

Both debates will be held in the Campus Center Theatre and are open to the public. No tickets are required. The Hughes Center and The Press are cosponsoring the debates, which will be livestreamed over the Internet at

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Because the debates will be broadcast live online, attendees are requested to be seated by 5:50 p.m.

 “The 2nd Legislative District is one of the most competitive in New Jersey. Debates like these allow the public to learn first-hand about the candidates’ positions,” said Sharon Schulman, Executive Director of the Hughes Center.

“We’re pleased to be working with Stockton on this debate. Our goal is to help voters get the answers they need to make this all-important decision,” said Press Managing Editor W.F. “Buzz” Keough.

John Froonjian of the Hughes Center will moderate the debates. Nicholas Huba, a reporter for The Press, and a Stockton faculty member are expected to serve as panelists posing questions to the candidates.

Members of the public are invited to propose debate questions about the issues. Questions will be accepted through Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. Email them to or to with the subject heading: 2nd District debate question.

About the Hughes Center

The William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy ( at Stockton University serves as a catalyst for research, analysis and innovative policy solutions on the economic, social and cultural issues facing New Jersey, and promotes the civic life of New Jersey through engagement, education and research. The center is named for William J. Hughes, whose distinguished career includes service in the U.S. House of Representatives, Ambassador to Panama and as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Stockton. The Hughes Center can be found at and can be followed on Twitter @hughescenter.

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