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Durant pushes for debates with Alicea



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Republican candidate for 6th Worcester District state representative Peter Durant addressed the audience at a Town Hall forum held in Southbridge Wednesday. Ryan Grannan-Doll. (click for larger version)
October 07, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE — With little more than three weeks left until the general election, the two candidates for the 6th Worcester District state representative seat have still not agreed on when to hold a debate.

Republican candidate Peter Durant, of Spencer, said, during a Town Hall-style meeting Wednesday, that his opponent, incumbent Rep. Geraldo Alicea, D-Charlton, had not yet agreed to any of the 10 debate dates Durant had proposed. Reached for comment Wednesday night, Alicea acknowledged the discord, but said both camps were still trying to iron out the details.

"The 10 dates, he hasn't picked any yet," Durant told about 20 forum audience members who gathered at the former home of the Registry of Motor Vehicles at the Big Bunny plaza. "He is busy on every single day. It is too bad for the people."

Alicea said he had not yet agreed to any dates because he was still trying to work out the debate format, who would moderate them and who would sponsor them. Those questions, Alicea said, are things that should be finalized before settling on debate dates.

"Where are we having it? Who is sponsoring it?" Alicea asked rhetorically. "The question is, does Peter really want to debate, or is he just talking about it?"

The sophomore legislator said he is not shying away from a chance to trade verbal shots with Durant, while Durant himself said he would cancel any prior commitment to attend a debate.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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