League of Women Voters to host candidate forum in race for state Senate to replace Kasser

GREENWICH — The special election for the seat in the 36th Senate District is coming soon, and voters will have a chance to hear directly from the three candidates running to replace Alex Kasser, who unexpectedly resigned last month.

The League of Women Voters chapters for Greenwich, Stamford and New Canaan are collaborating to host the forum, which will be held on Aug. 6. The election will be held Aug. 17.

Three candidates are seeking the open seat: Democrat Alexis Gevanter and Republican Ryan Fazio were nominated by their parties, and John Blankley is running an independent campaign after breaking from the Democratic Party, when it backed Gevanter. All three candidates are Greenwich residents.

The Aug. 6 forum will be held live at Greenwich Town Hall with all of the candidates, the discussion leader and timers attending in-person. The audience will participate through Zoom. The event is free.

Residents are invited to submit questions for the candidates. Participants must register in advance to watch the forum and send in questions. To register, visit https://lwvgreenwich.org/.

Questions must be submitted by Aug. 1, with a limit of two questions per registered participant, according to the league. According to the league, it will only consider questions that “all candidates can address.”

The submitted questions will be evaluated by a screening committee made up of one Republican and one Democratic board member. They will review the questions and submit them to the forum’s moderator to be put to the candidates.

The seat became open after Kasser’s suddenly resigned in June, citing her ongoing divorce case. A Democrat, Kasser was reelected to a second term last November. The election will be to fill the remainder of her term, which runs through the end of 2022.

The 36th District covers all of Greenwich as well as parts of Stamford and New Canaan. Before Kasser’s victory in 2018, the seat had been held for decades by the Republican Party.