Chamber to Host Mayoral Debate, But One Candidate Upset

The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce is hosting a mayoral debate.

Interim President and CEO Janice Forsyth says the debate is for mayoral candidates in the city of Windsor.

In August, chamber members were surveyed and decided to only invite Mayor Drew Dilkens and Matt Marchand.

This will be the third time the chamber has held a mayoral debate.

"We're hosting it to give an opportunity for our members which is very important to us to make sure that our members voices are heard and they get an opportunity to ask questions of the mayoral candidates," says Forsyth.  

She says a number of topics will be discussed including the economy.

"Certainly looking at city hall, infrastructure, the services provided by city hall and for the city of Windsor and taxation came out among the issues that were identified," says Forsyth.

The debate will take place on Wednesday, October 10th at the Fogolar Furlan Club.

But at least one mayoral candidate is questioning why he's not invited to the mayoral debate.

Ernie Lamont says he should be able to share his platform and answer questions with those in attendance.

Even though he's not invited, he plans on being there and will take the stage.

"I'm going to tell you that day when they do have the debate, I will be on stage and the only way they're going to take me off is by OPP or Windsor police," says Lamont. 

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Ernie Lamont, (Photo courtesy of CTV Windsor)

Frank Dyck and Tom Hensel are also running for mayor in Windsor.