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University of New Haven to Host West Haven Mayoral Debate Sept. 4

The Democratic candidates who will be part of the Sept. 10 primary will participate in a forum sponsored by the University's Political Science program.

August 30, 2019

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The West Haven mayoral debate will take place in Bucknall Theater on Wednesday, Sept. 4.

The University of New Haven's political science program will host a debate on Wednesday, September 4, that will feature the Democratic candidates running for Mayor of West Haven. The program will begin at 6 p.m. in Bucknall Theater in Dodds Hall on the University's main campus in West Haven.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to see democracy in action," said Chris Haynes, Ph.D. associate professor of political science and national security and coordinator of the University's political science program. "The debate will also provide a great chance for West Haven residents to learn more about the candidates' views on the issues that most impact the city."

West Haven Mayor Nancy Rossi, who was elected in 2017, and Ed O’Brien, who served as mayor of West Haven from 2013 to 2017, are scheduled to participate in the debate. The Democratic primary will take place on September 10.

In 2015, the University established a Mayor's Advisory Commission that, since then, has worked closely with the mayor's office to continue to enhance the relationship between the University and West Haven communities.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to see democracy in action." Professor Chris Haynes, Ph.D.

Parking will be available in the Maxcy Hall lot near the main entrance at 300 Boston Post Road or in the lot behind Charger Plaza at 1211 Campbell Ave. View interactive campus map.