All the Wilkes-Barre City Council candidates were invited to a forum at Kings College but most of them took a pass. Even the Citizens Voice didn't show up. This was probably the only time before the election that all the candidates would share the same platform before the election. The TL has a recap of the positions of the people who actually lowered themselves to answer questions from the voters. They were:
Walter Griffith, Republican, District A
Vincent Guarneri, Republican, District B
Peter Gagliardi, Republican, District C
Linda Stets, Republican, District D
Michael Merritt, Democrat, District E
Missing in action:
Rick Cronauer, Democrat, District A
Tony Thomas Jr., Democrat,District B, INCUMBENT
Kathy Kane, Democrat, District C, INCUMBENT
Bill Barrett, Democrat, District D, INCUMBENT
Republican John Yencha, District E
Independent candidate Tony George, District B
Write-in candidate Sam Troy, District C.
Anybody see a pattern?
My friend David has his usual thorough coverage the event at The Lu Lac Political Letter. He covers the issues, the atmosphere and even a fashion report.
Wilkes-Barre political websites:
Mayor Tom Leighton
Mayoral candidate and District D Council candidate Linda Stets
District A candidate Walter Griffith
The 6th District Republican Committee covers W-B candidates and other races
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