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Candidates for state offices set to debate at University of Scranton

The University of Scranton is hosting a series of public debates this month with candidates for state offices representing Lackawanna and Luzerne counties.

The first debate is Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 6:30 p.m. Current state representative and Democrat Kyle Mullins will face off against challenger and Republican William Torbeck for the 112th Pennsylvania House seat.

On Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 6:30 p.m., Republican David Burgerhoff will debate current state Representative and Democrat Bridget Kosierowski for the 114th Pennsylvania House seat.

Also on Wednesday at 8 p.m., former Avoca Mayor and Democrat James Haddock will debate former state employee, veteran and Republican James May for the 118th state house seat. Democrat Mike Carroll currently holds the seat, which covers both Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties, and is not running for reelection.

On Thursday, Oct. 27, Dallas School District music teacher and Republican Thomas Bassett will debate incumbent and Democrat Marty Flynn for the 22nd state Senate seat, which covers parts of Lackawanna and Luzerne counties.

The debates are free. They will all take place in the PNC Auditorium of the Loyola Science Center on the university’s campus.

The debates are a collaboration between the university’s Center for Ethics and Excellence in Public Service and the League of Women Voters of Lackawanna County.