Last night our local state representative debate between incumbent Greg Vitali and candidate Bill Toal took place in a neighborhood school auditorium. I like the idea of grassroots politics. At this level, we have a real chance of voting in someone who will represent the wishes of the majority of Pennsylvania voters.
The League of Women Voters of Haverford Township sponsored this event and set the rules. Questions were presented by moderators who asked questions of the candidates which were written by the audience.
It got exciting when one moderator tried to break the rules and stonewall the process with his own question. The League of Women Voter's head tried politely to stop him but it took Mr Vitali to remind the moderator there was a protocol to follow and the audience joined in with rousing support. Gotta love a good audience!
My question got picked out of the bunch addressed to both candidates. Greg Vitali, who I've voted for over the last 20 years, was asked it first and stymied all of us by having NO answer to part a or part b. A politician with no response is remarkable to say the least. The question was about proposing legislation to increase our tax base or reduce our tax burden. Pretty standard grassroots question. Mr Toal did have a response.
Greg is against Marcellus Shale drilling and fracking on college campuses and Bill is for it. Greg is against having a set amount of terms for congressmen and Bill is for a total term to be ended after 12 years.
We need to preserve the right to assembly and the right to vote. Don't take it for granted that local state representative debates will always be available for Americans to attend.
Please remember to exercise your right to vote on November 6th.
This debate will be televised on the local cable channel for Haverford Township, PA.