GREENWOOD — The Oxford County Republican Committee will host a primary debate for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District on Saturday, April 20, at the Jackson-Silver Post 68 American Legion Hall.

This facility, which seats 300, has been used for debates in the past and Oxford County GOP Committee Chairman Joe Martin wrote in a release that “we are excited to be able to use it again for the 2024 CD2 race.”

Steve Robinson of the Maine Wire is scheduled to moderate, and questions will be taken from the audience. Candidates Rep. Austin Theriault, R-Fort Kent, and Rep. Mike Soboleski, R-Phillips, are invited to participate.

There have been four straw polls conducted at GOP county caucuses across the state, with Soboleski winning all of them.

Theriault has a strong heavy lead in fundraising as both candidates head into March and the debate in April.

According to Martin, “The CD2 Republican primary will be in full swing by April 20 and it’s right before the Maine Republican state convention. We wanted attendees to hear from both candidates at the debate before the convention so that they know where they stand and can ask them follow-up questions in-person when they see them at the GOP Convention.”

Further details on the time and ticket price for the debate will be available in the coming days.

Primary elections for local, county and state races will be held Tuesday, June 11.

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