The 2019 backcountry Candidate Forum was held on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, at the Round Hill Community House. The event was co-sponsored by the Round Hill Association, the Northwest Greenwich Association, and the Northeast Greenwich Association. A standing-room-only crowd of approximately 300 attended the debate. Everyone was welcomed in brief remarks by the three Presidents of the backcountry associations: John Conte, President of the Round Hill Association, Ted Walworth, President of the Northeast Greenwich Association, and Allen Williams, President of the Northwest Greenwich Association.
Lauren Rabin (R) and Sandy Litvack (D), candidates for the office of Selectman debated first. This was followed by a debate between the candidates for First Selectman, Fred Camillo (R) and Jill Oberlander (D). Jara Burnett from the Greenwich LWVG was the moderator.
Topics that were addressed ranged from environmental concerns to the revitalization of the backcountry, to property tax assessments and more.
The questions posed to the candidates were composed by the Board of the Round Hill Association. Audience members had the opportunity to submit questions on index cards.