Many of you have met John Hartwell at a GreenDrinks event or two. Well, thanks to EarthPlace, now is your chance to hear the candidate's views, ideas, and goals relating to the environment.
State Senate Candidates John Hartwell & Rep. Toni Boucher Guests
WESTPORT, Conn. , October 17, 2008 – Earthplace: The Nature Discovery Center will host a Candidate Forum on the Environment on Tuesday, October 28th at 7:30 p.m. at Earthplace, 10 Woodside Lane, Westport .
Democratic nominee John Hartwell and Republican nominee State Representative Toni Boucher will discuss their views, ideas and goals for the environment. The candidates are running for the 26th State Senate district seat being vacated by retiring Senator Judith Freedman. The district includes Westport , Wilton , Bethel , Redding , Ridgefield , New Canaan and Weston. The question and answer session will focus solely on environmental issues and will be moderated by Earthplace Trustee Matthew Mandell, who also serves as a representative to Westport ’s Representative Town Meeting. Attendees can participate by submitting written questions to the moderator for possible inclusion during the forum.
“This is a great opportunity for voters to hear what these candidates have to say about issues such as open space, water quality, alternate energy and more,” Mandell said.
Both candidates already have taken positive steps on environmental issues. Ms. Boucher aided her constituents to secure funds from the Department of Environmental Protection to help purchase and save open space. Mr. Hartwell has been working to protect rivers and the quality of the watershed. The forum will give them the opportunity to explain what else they have done and outline what plans they have if elected.
“Having Earthplace host this forum makes sense from a nature and community standpoint,” said Dr. John Horkel, executive director of Earthplace. “Our mission is to educate people about our environment, and this is just one more way Earthplace serves that goal.”
Earthplace is celebrating its 50th anniversary year and is holding many events, including a gala at the Inn at Longshore on November 16. Founded in 1958 and accredited by The American Association of Museums, Earthplace maintains 84 acres of wildlife sanctuary with trails, contains an interactive natural history museum and houses live wildlife for public viewing. Other activities include a state-licensed preschool and summer camp, a wildlife rehabilitation program, and the Harbor Watch/River Watch water quality testing program.
Earthplace is located at 10 Woodside Lane in Westport . For more information, call 227-7253 or visit www.earthplace.org.