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Election 2022

Eastern Shore congressional candidates to meet for televised debate

The U.S. Capitol. USGS photo by Toni Smith.

Three candidates vying to represent the Eastern Shore in Congress will meet for a televised debate in late October.

Cecil Public Media announced the event featuring Rep. Andy Harris (R), former Del. Heather Mizeur (D) and Libertarian Daniel Thibeault late on Friday evening.

The candidates were each confirmed for the forum after Harris earlier backed out of the proposed event, citing a concern that Thibeault wasn’t included.

Maryland Matters wrote about the cancellation earlier this week, which Mizeur cast as part of a trend by Harris to avoid other high-profile events as well, including a televised debate proposed by the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Salisbury Committee.

The candidates are meeting for a forum hosted by the Kent County chapter of the League of Women Voters on Oct. 27.

In the Friday night statement sent by Doug Donley, executive director of Cecil Public Media, the station said Thibeault was “added to the lineup to satisfy a request by Rep. Harris that all candidates on the ballot be included.”

“We are thankful to all candidates for their agreement to participate in this important debate,” the statement concluded.

The Cecil TV debate will be held on Oct. 26 at Chesapeake College.