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Kelly proposes three debates with DiNicola

Congressman Mike Kelly

Congressman Mike Kelly has proposed three debates with his Democratic opponent Ron DiNicola during the fall campaign in the final weeks leading up to the Nov. 6 election.

In a letter dated Friday to his challenger, the incumbent congressman offered the following dates and venues: Oct. 8 at Mercyhurst University in Erie; Oct. 16 at Grove City College in Grove City; and Oct. 30 at Butler County Community College in Butler Township.

Kelly, who is seeking a fifth term, and DiNicola, an Erie attorney, are running in the newly-drawn 16th Congressional District that includes most of western Butler County and all of Lawrence, Mercer, Crawford and Erie counties.

“I am sure you will agree it is very important that the residents of Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District hear from each of us about our platforms before they cast their ballots this November,” Kelly said in his letter to DiNicola. ”I look forward to discussing our ideas in a public forum.”

DiNicola's campaign did not formally respond to the congressman's proposal.

Neither DiNicola nor his campaign staff could be reached for comment Sunday.