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The campaign for Federal, State and Local offices in 2012.

Slaughter/Brooks Debate, On-air, Online, Mobile and Social

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Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-Fairport) and Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks (R-Webster) face-off  in our Voice of the Voter debate tonight, starting at 8 p.m.

Voice of the Voter is a partnership between WXXI, 13WHAM, Democrat & Chronicle, and WDKX 103.9. Support comes from the The Community Foundation.

Here's what you need to know:

The setup: A Siena poll conducted at the end of September showed Slaughter with a 10-point lead over Brooks. Two weeks later, Brooks cut the lead to 5-points, according to the latest Voice of the Voter poll, conducted by Siena. 

The candidates: This race is for the newly redrawn 25th Congressional District that covers all of Monroe County, except for the towns of Hamlin, Wheatland, Rush and Mendon.

Incumbent Louise Slaughter is seeking her 13th term in the U.S. House of Representatives. She currently serves the 28th Congressional District.

Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks became the first female to hold the office, and is currently in her third term. Before running for county executive, Brooks was county clerk from 1997 to 2003.

The moderator: Sean Carroll, Reporter, 13WHAM News

The panelists: Bob Smith, Host of WXXI-AM's 1370 Connection; Jessica Alaimo, Political Reporter, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle; Tariq Spence, Host, 103.9 WDKX Wake-Up Club Morning Show; One seat will be rotated by three citizens located within the 25th district.

Watch on television: WXXI-TV/HD, Channel 21, cable Channel 11

Listen to the live Radio Stream: WXXI AM 1370

Live video stream: Click here

Live Blog: We will have a live blog of the debate here on Refresh your browser for the latest update.

Mobile: (All mobile platforms); WXXI iPhone app
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Twitter and hashtag: @WXXINews, #vovdebate

"But I won't be near a TV, radio, or mobile device during the debate!"
It's ok, we'll have it up on YouTube shortly after the debate at our YouTube channel

The Format: Each candidate will have two minutes to deliver opening and closing statements.  In addition to answering panelist and citizen questions, candidates will participate in rapid response and single candidate question blocks from the moderator.  The debate ends at 9 p.m.