Bristol Chamber's gubernatorial forum set for Aug. 9 in Southington

Published on Tuesday, 24 July 2018 20:50


BRISTOL - The Bristol Chamber of Commerce will hold its first gubenatorial forum on Aug. 9 at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington.

The forum is open to the public and will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the banquet facility at 556 Mulberry St. It will include a full breakfast.

The candidates for governor will be asked to explain why they feel they are the right candidate, what qualities they can bring to the table and to explain their ideas on how to improve the state. Submitted questions will also be asked.

Cindy Bombard, president and CEO of the chamber, said the role of the chamber is to educate its members and this forum will help it do so. The chamber has hosted debates and forums for local offices as well.

She said that she expects the state budget to be a hot topic on Aug. 9.

“Dannel Malloy is not going to be governor anymore, so we hope that this forum will provide people with the opportunity to select the candidate that they feel best fits the position,” said Bombard. “The candidates will be right there in front of you, so you will have the opportunity to listen to them speak, educate yourselves on their positions and make an informed vote.”

Bombard encouraged people to attend the forum and to vote in the election because it is “their right and their privilege.”

As of late last week, the following candidates are scheduled to participate in the forum:

nMark Boughton, Republican

nJoe Ganim, Democrat

nOz Griebel, independent

nTim Herbst, Republican

nNed Lamont, Democrat

nSteve Obsitnik, Republican

nBob Stefanowski, Republican

nDavid Stemerman, Republican

Sponsors include Webster Bank, AquUnited Bank, ConnectiCare, Bristol Hospital, D’Amato Construction Co., Inc. and Farmington Bank.

Registration is $35 for chamber members and $45 for nonmembers.

To register, call 860-584-4718 or visit

Candidate questions can be emailed to Bombard at

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, Southington Herald, on Tuesday, 24 July 2018 20:50. Updated: Tuesday, 24 July 2018 20:52.