High school students will quiz candidates

Deborah McFadden (D) and Lynne Vanderslice (R), candidates for Wilton’s first selectman position, are looking forward to the opportunity to interact with high school students on Thursday, Oct. 22, from 7 to 8 p.m., at the Wilton Historical Society’s First Selectman Candidates Forum.

After introductions by historical society Director Leslie Nolan, each candidate will have 10 minutes for statements. Following their remarks, members of the Wilton High School Model Congress Club will pose questions to the candidates and run the balance of the hour-long event. Wilton High School history teacher and club adviser Kenneth Dunaj has been working with the club to develop and practice parliamentary procedure, debate skills and bill/policy writing. The students will have their questions prepared prior to the Candidates Forum.

“Model Congress is an amazing opportunity for high school students to engage in civil discourse” Dunaj said in a press release. He will be on hand as the Model Congress students develop and research questions in advance of the forum.

Questions will be posed in four categories: historic preservation; commerce and the Wilton economy; education; and the candidates’ vision for the future of Wilton.

Wilton Model Congress Board members Randy Ramirez, Jessica Kobsa, and Nick Johnson are enthused  about the Oct. 22 event. “A chance such as this one to get involved in our community and have a role in the decision-making that will shape the direction of our town is an invaluable experience for high school students, especially ones such as our club members who are dedicated to citizenship and interested in government policy” they said in a written statement.

Guests are asked to register for the event by emailing info@wiltonhistorical.org or calling 203-762-7257. The historical society is at 224 Danbury Road.