Rose Izzo, the Republican candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, has withdrawn from a planned Oct. 15 debate at the University of Delaware, Newark.

Izzo informed Delaware Debates, a joint initiative of UD and Delaware Public Media, of her decision on Oct. 7. She had accepted the invitation on Aug. 27.

A statement from Delaware Debates said Izzo’s chair at the debate table will remain empty during questioning of her Democratic opponent, incumbent Rep. John C. Carney Jr.

Izzo's campaign manager, Kevin Izzo, told the Dover Post Friday afternoon that instead of debating Carney, she instead will discuss veterans issues at the American Legion Oak Orchard Riverdale Post No. 28, Millsboro, beginning at about 6:30 p.m.

Carney will face questioning from debate moderators and students at the University of Delaware and Delaware State University.Details about the Delaware Debates are available at



The two other candidates for the U.S. House seat, Libertarian Scott Gesty and the Green Party’s Bernard August, did not qualify for the debate and will not be present.