Two candidates for state representative in Carbon County will debate each other next week.

They are Doyle Heffley, a Republican who is the current representative, and his political opponent, Ronald Rabenold, a Democrat.

The debate will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, and will be televised live by Blue Ridge Communications TV 13.

This event is being sponsored by the Lehighton 9/12 Project.

Sandy Dellecker, president of the Lehighton 9/12 Project, said the debate will be in front of a live audience.

Dellecker said, "Plan to attend to see where the candidates stand on issues concerning Carbon County."

Individuals interested in seeing the debate should arrive at Penn's Peak by 6:30 p.m.

Serving as moderator will be Kim Bell, general manager of Blue Ridge Communications TV 13.

Laureen Cummings, candidate for the 17 Congressional District, will speak and take questions immediately following the Heffley/Rabenold debate.

Dellecker said the opponent of Cummings, Matt Cartwright, declined an invitation to take part in the debates.

Heffley, of Lower Towamensing Township, is seeking his second term as state representative. He was elected two years ago, succeeding long time Democratic Keith McCall who retired from the position.

Rabenold resides in Lehighton and is a teacher in the Lehighton Area School District. This is his first political venture.