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22nd CD: Wells Challenges Fellow Republicans To 8 Debates

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Cazenovia businessman Steve Wells is one of the Republicans who wants to succeed Richard Hanna in the 22nd Congressional District.

Wells visited Homer and Cortland Thursday. the day he proposed a series of eight debates with his Republican opponents, George Phillips, and Claudia Tenney.

Earlier in the day he proposed a series of eight debates with his Republican opponents, George Phillips, and Claudia Tenney prior to the primary on June 28.

“Look, there’s two more months. There’s plenty of time to do it. I’ll free my schedule up. I hope they do as well,” said Wells.

Tenny quickly accepted the invitation.

Williams repeated his challenge: “So I’m hoping to have many opportunities to debate, and I’ve asked for a debate in every county, all 8 counties, so I hope, right here in Cortland that we have an opportunity to debate, at least once.”

Wells returns Saturday for the Cortland Republican Women’s Spring Luncheon at Tinelli’s.

The state Board of Elections is deciding on challenges to each candidates’ petitions to get on the ballot, along with challenges to ballot petitions filed Democrats Kim Myers and David Gordon. Rulings are expected by the end of next week.

Other potential 22nd CD candidates

David Pasick is likely to run as the Libertarian candidate, Tenney at least on the Conservative line and Martin Babinec of Little Falls could show up on the Independence Party line in the general election.

The 22nd Congressional district covers all of Cortland, Chenango, Madison and Oneida counties, and parts of Oswego, Herkimer, Broome and Tioga counties.

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