HAMDEN — Democratic candidates for mayor will go toe-to-toe in a debate the week before the primary.

Mayor Curt B. Leng and challenger Councilwoman At-Large Lauren Garrett will participate in a primary debate held by the League of Women Voters of Hamden-North Haven Sept. 4 at Thorton Wilder Hall.

The debate, moderated by Ray Andrewsen, is scheduled to take place from 7 to 8 p.m. in the auditorium.

Legislative Council candidates who have qualified for a primary will not participate in the debate as it is strictly for the mayoral election.

“The League of Women Voters encourages all residents to attend the debate to become better informed about the positions of the candidates,” the organization said in a release.

Residents will be able to submit written questions at the debate that will be reviewed and submitted to the moderator.

It would be Leng’s third full term if he were to win the mayoral seat. He first was elected in 2015 in a special election when former Mayor Scott Jackson resigned; Leng then won the general election that fall.

Garrett won her first term on the council in 2017. As a council member, she is responsible for approving where the town’s money is spent, enacting ordinances and resolutions and increasing or decreasing the budget, among other things.

Leng recieved the endorsement from the Democratic Town Committee, but Garrett successfully petitioned for a primary election, qualifying with more than 1,200 signatures.

The primary election is Sept. 10. Only registered Democrats will be eligible to vote in the primary.

The Legislative Council candidates include incumbent Councilman Cory O’Brien, D-6, in a race against Kathleen Schomaker; and incumbent Councilman Harry Gagliardi, D-2, running against Gabriel Lupo.

The winners will be the Democratic candidates for in the general election on Nov. 5. The Democratic mayoral candidate will run against Republican Jay Kaye.