2nd District opponents to face off at Chamber

Posted Oct. 13, 2010, at 12:26 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud will face Jason Levesque, his Republican opponent in the 2nd District, in an Oct. 19 lunchtime forum sponsored by the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce.

A four-term incumbent, Michaud was expected to have an easy time in a contest with Levesque, a relative newcomer to politics. Polls show the contest to be closer than expected, however, and with Republicans trying to win back the U.S. House in the midterm elections, the race has growing significance.

“We’re excited to be hosting this event,” said John Porter, president of the Bangor Region Chamber. “There has been a lot of attention focused on the gubernatorial race in Maine, and frankly much less attention paid to 2nd District contest. This could be the sleeper in terms of Election Night drama, and the issues to be discussed are of vital importance to businesses throughout our region.”

The format for the debate will feature brief opening statements followed by a series of questions submitted in advance by Chamber members and leadership. Mark Woodward, former executive editor of the Bangor Daily News, will be the moderator.

The candidates will face off in a lunchtime forum Tuesday at the Spectacular Event Center on Griffin Road in Bangor. The doors open at 11:45 a.m., lunch will be served at noon and the program runs from 12:15 to 1 p.m. The event is open to the public and tickets, which include lunch, are $15 for Chamber members and $20 for nonmembers. Those wishing to attend are encouraged to register in advance through the Chamber’s website, www.bangorregion.com.

Besides the Michaud-Levesque forum, the Bangor Region Chamber is sponsoring three other election-season events.

The Bangor Region Chamber-Rudman & Winchell Gubernatorial Debate is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, at Husson University’s Gracie Theatre.

The event will be preceded by the University of Maine Executive Reception, which will afford area executives and business owners a chance to network with the gubernatorial candidates.

The Chamber is also organizing the Eastern Maine Community College Hot Stove League reception for Bangor-area candidates for the Maine Legislature. That event will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at EMCC’s Rangeley Hall.

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