NEW BRITAIN - In collaboration with several childhood learning-based organizations, Central Connecticut State University is hosting a forum this evening for the state’s gubernatorial candidates.
The forum, titled Investing in Connecticut’s Children & Families for Future Prosperity, will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall. Check-in and question gathering will be from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
According to Merrill Gay, executive director of the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance and a member of the Board of Education, Democratic candidate Ned Lamont and unaffiliated candidate Oz Griebel have confirmed their attendance for the forum.
Republican Bob Stefanowski has not confirmed his attendance, though he has been invited.
The forum will be hosted by the Connecticut Association for Human Services, the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance, Connecticut Voices for Children, All Our Kin, the Connecticut Council on Education Reform, the Connecticut Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, the Connecticut Campaign for Paid Family Leave and the Connecticut Alliance of YMCAs.
The forum is presented through the support of the Connecticut Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, the Partnership for America’s Children and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
The forum will be moderated by Christine Stuart of the CT News Junkie website.
The event is free and open to the public.
People can register for the event and submit their questions for the forum at www.eventbrite.com/e/gubernatorial-candidate-forum-tickets-50402159215 .
After the forum, the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut’s Smart Justice division is planning a rally outside Alumni Hall.
According to organizers, the rally will call for state candidates to pledge they’d veto any criminal justice legislation that would negatively impact people of color. The group will meet outside Alumni Hall at 7:30 p.m.
Election Day in Connecticut is Tuesday, Nov. 6.
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