Eleven candidates for governor gathered at UConn Law School on Wednesday afternoon, April 21, for two debates before an audience of about 200. The event, which featured seven Republican candidates for the first debate and four Democratic candidates for the second, focused on the future of higher education in Connecticut, the state budget, and Connecticut’s economy, among other issues.
Welcoming the candidates and the audience, UConn President Michael Hogan said, “It’s no secret that Connecticut, like every other state, faces very difficult choices in the next few years. The University of Connecticut looks forward to being part of the solution to our state’s problems and continuing to be an economic engine for the Northeast.” Hogan said UConn – with nearly 30,000 students on eight campuses, 115,000 alumni living in Connecticut, and the $2.3 billion it adds to the state’s Gross Domestic Product – will play a major role in the state’s future.
The debates, which were each about 45 minutes long, were moderated by UConn senior Christopher Duray, editor of the Daily Campus; Keith Phaneuf, a capitol reporter for CTMirror.org; and Devaughn Ward, a second-year student at the UConn Law School and vice president of the Student Bar Association.