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Weeks after receiving Republican House candidate Bruce Chester’s debate request, still no answer from Democratic state Rep. Jonathan Zlotnik

Evan Lips, communications director
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WOBURN — Republican Bruce Chester, a U.S. Army veteran from Gardner running for the 2nd Worcester House District seat, issued a form al debate request to incumbent Democratic state Rep. Jonathan Zlotnik a lmost three weeks ago.

Chester is still awaiting an answer, and on Sunday said his opponent’s reluctance to acknowledge the request is a “sure sign of cowardice.”

“The only answer I can come up with is that Rep. Zlotnik is afraid to defend his his policies and his party’s platform,” Chester said. “When Rep. Zlotnik last faced a Republican challenger in 2018, he agreed to a debate.

“I wonder what changed since then.”

Massachusetts Republican Party Chairman Jim Lyons said the change comes in the form of Chester, an African-American man “who proudly served our country when he served overseas during Operation Iraqi Freedom.”

“Bruce was deployed for more than a year, he’s an inspiring man who destroys every stereotype the Democrats hold so dear, ” Lyons said. “Rep. Zlotnik keeps ducking Bruce’s debate invite because his record pales in comparison.”