Sugar Loaf, N.Y. – Sept. 30, 2014 – The Orange County Citizens Foundation has announced thatProfessor Lawrence T. Force, director of The Center on Aging and Policy at Mount Saint Mary College, will moderate the upcoming 18th U.S. Congressional District Candidates Debate, which will be held on Monday, Oct. 6 at Middletown High School from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Dr. Nan Hayworth, R-Bedford, will face off with U.S. Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, D-Cold Spring, during this special congressional debate.
“We’re humbled to have Dr. Force moderate this debate. His work at Mount Saint Mary College gives him unique insight into the American health care system,” said Nancy Proyect, president of the Orange County Citizens Foundation. “He knows our area; he knows the issues; as an academic, he approaches issues in an impartial, inquisitive way.”
Nationally recognized for his expertise in end-of-life care for the developmentally disabled, Dr. Force founded the advocacy group AgePlan. He is the author of numerous books, technical reports, and scholarly articles. As a gerontologist and psychology professor, he has researched the field of aging for more than three decades.
The candidates’ debate – presented by the Orange County Citizens Foundation in cooperation with the Orange County Arts Council, Orange County Chamber of Commerce, Orange County Land Trust, and Orange County Partnership – will address national issues affecting residents and entrepreneurs, including:
- Veteran affairs
- Arts funding
- Economic development
- Government efficiency
- Open space and land preservation
- Climate change
Maloney has endorsements from the Democrats and Working Family parties. Hayworth is backed by the Republican, Conservative, and Independence parties.
Each candidate will be allowed opening and closing statements and will respond to questions posed by the moderator in a Q&A format. Questions have been selected by representatives from each of the host organizations based on issues of importance to their constituents. Questions will not be taken from the audience. This event is FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.