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Franklin Pierce University’s Fitzwater Center and the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript to Co-Sponsor The Monadnock Debates

July 30, 2010

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July 30, 2010 - RINDGE, NH - The Fitzwater Center for Communication at Franklin Pierce University and the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript will co-sponsor The Monadnock Debates, a citizen-driven forum with candidates from both political parties addressing critical issues.  These key congressional and senate debates will help shape the race for New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District and United States Senate. The Fitzwater Center for Communication at Franklin Pierce University will host The Monadnock Debates in Pierce Hall on the Rindge campus. 

The first debate is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 17th between Republican candidates for the Congressional District II seat. The candidates participating are Charles Bass of Peterborough, Robert J. Giuda of Warren, Jennifer Horn of Nashua and Wesley M. Sonner Jr. of Mont Vernon.

Democratic candidates for the Congressional District II seat will square off in the second debate at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 24. The candidates are Katrina Swett of Bow and Ann McLane Kuster of Hopkinton. The incumbent is Democrat Paul Hodes, who is running unopposed for the Democratic nomination for the United States Senate seat. This race was recently identified by CNN as one of the hottest in the country.

The third and final debate of the primary season will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 31 between Republican Candidates for the United States Senate seat being vacated by Senator Judd Gregg. The candidates participating are Kelly Ayotte, former Attorney General of the State of New Hampshire, of Nashua,  Jim Bender of Hollis, Bill Binnie of Rye, Dennis Lamare of Lee and Ovide Lamontagne of Manchester.

Franklin Pierce will webcast the event live from Pierce Hall on the Rindge campus. David Tower, attorney and moderator for the Town of Rindge, will serve as moderator for the debates. Video clips and post-debate analysis will also be posted to www.piercemediagrouponline.com and to the Fitzwater Center’s branded YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/PoliticsFitzU.

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Franklin Pierce University is a private, regionally accredited university grounded in the liberal arts, with a focus on personal attention and high-quality instruction. The University consists of the College at Rindge and the College of Graduate & Professional Studies. Degrees are offered through the doctoral level.

The Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication at Franklin Pierce University was established in 2002 as an academic institute dedicated to preparing young men and women to be politically-engaged Leaders of Conscience in their studies and professions.

The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, an award-winning twice-weekly newspaper based in Peterborough, N.H. covers 16 towns in the Monadnock region.

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