On November 8, 2016, the voters in each of Brigantine’s 4 wards will elect a member to represent them on City Council. There are 8 candidates, 4 from each political party.
A candidates forum is scheduled for Saturday, October 29, from 10a til noon at the Community Center on 42nd St. It’s sponsored by the non-partisan BRIGANTINE TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION (BTA).
The BTA spoke with the chairman of each party and invited the 8 candidates to participate. The BTA also invited the NJ League of Women Voters to moderate the Forum, a service it had performed in the past.
The Democrat Party chairman agreed to participate. However, the chairman of the Republican Party, after several attempts to get an answer, said the Republican candidates would not participate, with no reason given. By default, the Brigantine Republicans said “no” when asked to put the party’s refusal in writing.
So now what? Since only one party is participating, the NJ League of Women Voters, based on its policy of impartiality, declined regretfully to moderate the Forum.
Here’s what the non-partisan BTA will do: They’ll proceed with the Forum using a modified format. Each candidate will present a brief opening and closing statement. The forum will then become open discussion. It will consist of questions, answers and comments from those in attendance, and the 8 candidates running for Brigantine office. Questions may be submitted on a card.
Brigantine Republican Candidates Decline Offer to Debate on OCT 29, Prefer to Hide Weaknesses.
While we believe that 3 of the Brig Repub candidates will win on Nov 8, it’s certainly NOT because they’re great candidates. Nope. They’re just placeholders and YES votes for anything Mayor Guenther & Councilman Simpson want.
So, why don’t the Repub candidates want to debate their Democrat opponents?
Because the R’s would get clobbered…… D’s Delucry and Heil would wipe the floor with the R candidates. Even McClay & Withers might show some spine and throw a few punches and expose the limited intellectual capacity of Bew, Haney, Sciarra and Rierden. That’s why.
The Democrat Party chairman (Jerry Szucs) agreed to participate in a debate. However, the chairman of the Republican Party ( Ralph Paul Busco ), after several attempts to get an answer, said the Republican candidates would not participate, with no reason given. By default, the Brigantine Republicans said “no” when asked to put the party’s refusal in writing.