Camden will host two candidate forums to allow voters to meet the candidates for the State Legislature and State Senate and hear their views on important issues facing the state and community.

The debates will take place at the Camden Town Office in the Washington Street Conference Room: Monday, Oct. 24, at 6:30 p.m. State Senate Candidates (District 12) and Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 6:30 p.m. State Legislative Candidates (District 94).

The State Senatorial candidates for District 12 are the incumbent David Miramant of Camden, a Democrat, and Republican challenger David Emery of Tenants Harbor. The Senate District represents all the communities in Knox County with the exception of Washington.

The House District 94 seat is being vacated by Rep. Joan Welsh, D-Rockport due to term limits. The candidates are independent Owen Casas and Democrat Kathleen Meil, both of Rockport. There is no Republican in this race. The district represents Camden, Rockport and Islesboro.

Both debates will be 90-minutes long and will be moderated by Camden Select Board Member Don White, a former broadcaster. Members of the local media will ask the candidates questions. Panelists for the Senatorial debate will be Lynda Clancy of; Susan Mustapich of the Camden Herald/VillageSoup, and Andy O’Brien of the Free Press. Clancy and O’Brien will return to question the State Legislative candidates.

Both debates will be broadcast live on Time Warner Cable Channel 22 in Camden and streamed everywhere on Both debates may be viewed at voters’ convenience by going to the Town of Camden website or at

The public is encouraged to attend, ask questions of the candidates, and make an informed decision on Nov. 8 Election Day.