With the special election for the vacant 13th State Senate District seat (Cheshire, Meriden, Middletown, Middlefield) scheduled for February 22, candidates Thomas Bruenn (D) and Leonard Suzio (R) meet this evening at 6pm to debate the issues at John Barry School in Meriden.

The seat was left vacant when Thomas Gaffey, who held the seat since 1995, resigned earlier this year. Bruenn sits on the Meriden Board of Education, while Suzio unsuccessfully challenged Gaffey last November.

The debate is sponsored by the Record-Journal, Meriden Children First and the Greater Meriden Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Middlesex and Cheshire chambers of commerce.