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Boccieri and Renacci agree to second debate

By Stephanie Published: October 7, 2010

After a lengthy disagreement about the terms of the matchup, U.S. Rep. John Boccieri and Jim Renacci, his Republican challenger, have agreed to a second debate.

The one-on-one event will be from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18 in the auditorium of GlenOak High School, 1801 Schneider St. N.E. in Stark County's Plain Township.

The Canton Repository and WHBC (1480-AM) will sponsor the debate.

"It's important that people in the 16th District get to see candidates debate in this high-profile race,'' said Jeff Gauger, executive editor of the Repository. "We're glad that Rep. Boccieri and Mr. Renacci were able to work out their differences.''

Boccieri, D-Alliance, and Renacci debated Sept. 20 in Wooster, but had been unable since then to agree on the terms to a second event. They disagreed on whether other candidates in the race should be included.

About 900 tickets for the second debate will be available beginning Tuesday through the Boccieri and Renacci offices and the Repository and WHBC offices. No ticket reservations will be taken by phone or email. There is a limit of four tickets per person.

The debate will be broadcast live on 1480 WHBC (1480-AM)  and streamed on the Repository's Web site, http://www.cantonrep.com.

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