The four candidates competing in next month’s Democratic primary for Niagara Falls City Council will face off in a live debate scheduled Friday on

All four candidates – incumbents Samuel F. Frucsione, Kristen M. Grandinetti and Charles A. Walker, along with challenger Andrew P. Touma – have agreed to participate in the 40-minute debate.

The four candidates are vying for three spots on the Democratic line in November’s general election.

Video of the debate will be streamed live starting at 1 p.m. on the homepage and on The Brink blog.

The debate will be moderated by Niagara Falls beat reporter Aaron Besecker and veteran News reporter Brian Meyer.

Readers are invited to participate by submitting questions for the candidates. Suggested questions should be emailed to

The deadline for submitting questions is Tuesday.

The debate will be held in the newsroom of The Buffalo News in downtown Buffalo.

The Democratic primary will be held Sept. 10. There are also three Republican candidates who will appear on the ballot in November’s general election.

The city Democratic Committee has not endorsed any candidates in the race, leading to this open primary.

Registered Democrats outnumber registered Republicans in the Falls by more than three to one, according to July data from the Niagara County Board of Elections.