Locals react to decision by WSU to no longer host debate

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Local businesses react to Wright State University’s decision to no longer host the first presidential debate, announced Tuesday.

The Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce released a statement shortly after the announcement, saying it’s “disappointed.”

“This was a great opportunity for the Dayton region to show the world what it has to offer,” Phil Parker, President and CEO of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce said in a statement. “As a  chamber, we were excited to help promote the event.”

“Giving up is a blow to our region,” Parker wrote.

“The Commission very much appreciates Wright State’s efforts,” the Commission on Presidential Debates said in a statement. “Hofstra University served very successfully as a presidential debate site in 2012. On September 23, 2015, the Commission announced that Hofstra University had agreed to serve as an alternate site this debate cycle if needed. The Commission looks forward to working with Hofstra once again.”

The City of Fairborn also expressed its support in the university’s decision, but said it was “disapopinted to hear the news,” according to a statement from the city. “We comprehend the challenges they faced with hosting this debate as well as making the decision to withdraw.”

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