BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A debate between state senate candidates Sean Ryan (Democrat) and Ed Rath (Republican) took place Wednesday morning at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute. You can watch the full debate at the bottom of this page.

The candidates are running in the newly drawn 61st district in the state senate. It was moderated by teacher Ted Lina with questions written by AP Government students. Wednesday’s debate was the only one before the election.

The 61st district includes Amherst, Tonawanda, Kenmore, the City of Tonawanda, Grand Island, and a northwestern chunk of the City of Buffalo.

Regions in the new 61st state senate district.

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