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Live online debate between Dem candidates for Niagara Falls City Council set for Aug. 30

The Democratic candidates for Niagara Falls City Council competing in September's primary will appear in a live debate on later this month.

Incumbents Sam Fruscione, Kristen Grandinetti and Charles Walker, along with challenger Andrew Touma, have accepted invitations to participate in a debate hosted by The Buffalo News. It will be held at 1 p.m. Aug. 30.

The video will be streamed on and here on The Brink blog. Reporters Aaron Besecker and Brian Meyer will moderate.

Questions from readers are being accepted for use in the debate. Send your ideas for questions to by Aug. 27.

The Democratic primary will be held Sept. 10. There are also three Republican candidates who will appear on the ballot in November's general election.

The city Democratic Committee has not endorsed any candidates in the race, leading to this open primary. The candidates are vying for three spots on the Democratic line in November.

Registered Democrats outnumber registered Republicans in the Falls by more than three to one.


Andrew Touma | Charles Walker | elections | Kristen Grandinetti | Sam Fruscione
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Aaron Besecker

Aaron Besecker

Aaron Besecker joined The Buffalo News in 2007, where he has covered communities in Western New York as a beat reporter, multimedia journalist and assistant online editor. A Buffalo native, he began his career in journalism at the Niagara Gazette.

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