Republican, Democrat jointly challenge county executive incumbent to debate


The Republican and Democratic challengers for Oneida County executive came together to call on the incumbent to debate them, with a mixed result.

Republican David Gordon and Democrat Michael Hennessy, both former county legislators, held a joint press conference outside the county office building in Utica Monday to challenge incumbent Anthony Picente Jr. to debate them.

They are scheduled to appear together on radio station WUTQ 100.7 FM from 7-8 a.m. Thursday, according to Hennessy.

Gordon faces Picente in the Republican primary for county executive on Tuesday.

Hennessy is running on the Democratic Party line in the November general election, though Picente’s campaign has given notice it plans to continue a challenge to Hennessy’s nominating petitions in court.

Picente confirmed today in a call to the Daily Sentinel that he would not debate Gordon, who accused Picente of having an extramarital affair with a woman then on his staff, but that he would not rule out debating Hennessy before the general election.

The Republican primary will be held on Tuesday, June 25. The general election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 5.


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