Less than two weeks before the Republican primary election, Broome County district attorney candidates Paul Battisti and Michael Korchak discussed issues in a televised forum.

The live debate that was broadcast Wednesday evening originated at WICZ FOX 40 in Vestal.

Battisti and Korchak were asked questions about how they would guide the district attorney's office for the next four years.

Incumbent Republican Stephen Cornwell announced in January he would not seek a second four-year term.

Cornwell chose Korchak to serve as chief assistant district attorney a few days after he defeated long-time Democratic district attorney Gerald Mollen in November 2015. Korchak worked in the Bronx district attorney's office for several years before moving to Broome County.

Battisti has handled criminal defense cases in his private law practice over the past 14 years.

The Republican primary will be held June 25. The winner will face Democratic district attorney candidate Debra Gelson in the November general election.

WATCH the Republican candidate debate from WICZ FOX 40.

This is an unedited version of the debate. There were technical problems during the live broadcast, so three questions were asked to the candidates a second time.

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