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Primary Debate to be Scheduled in Freehold Borough

What questions do you think the primary candidates should answer? Tell us in the comments!

It's official. There will be a primary debate in this year.

Dan Xavier, member and Democratic council candidate, reached out to his fellow candidates, , and requested a a face-to-face public debate.

According to , he hopes a debate will help educate the public about their primary choices "in an effort to better inform the residents of our positions on a variety of topics."

Although there is not a set date for the debate, all democratic candidates are in. Republican candidates Marianne Earle and John Newman have been invited as well. Below is a copy of the letter sent in reply to Xavier's request.

April 25, 2012

Dear Mr. Xavier:

We are responding to your earlier correspondence regarding a proposed debate between the candidates for Freehold Borough Council.

As the approved candidates of the Freehold Borough Democratic Party, we cordially accept, provided this debate involves all candidates.

We cite the following phrase from your letter, “…voters should also have the opportunity to consider each of the candidacies side by side.”

We believe it would be advantageous to the voters of Freehold Borough to know the positions and platform of each candidate.  For this reason, we wish to include the Republican Candidates in any and all such debates.  They are being invited to this debate by a copy of this letter.

We acknowledge the importance of the League of Women Voters and their historic position as moderators of such political debates.   We agree to conform to the established guidelines as defined by the League of Women Voters. 

We, likewise, accept your proposal that the campaign teams have the opportunity to negotiate specific event details.  We have asked the Republican candidates to respond no later than May 14, 2012.

Sincerely,

Sharon Shutzer                                    

Ron Griffiths

cc:  News Transcript, Freehold Patch,  League of Women Voters, Freehold Borough Republican Club, Marianne Earle and John Newman

What questions do you think should be asked at the debate? Tell us in the comments!

Susan Greitz May 01, 2012 at 01:07 PM
The Democratic Committee selected two candidates to run, Mrs. Shutzer and Mr. Griffin. Mr. Xavier wishes to run as well, thus prompting the primary debate - so Democratic Primary voters can decide which two candidates they want to run on the ticket.
Mike May 01, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Susan, Thank you for clarifying that for me. I thought it was odd but wasn't sure what was happening. I thought the former mayor announced that Marc LeVine would be running again? Am I correct with that? I thought it was after last years election.
Dan Xavier May 01, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Michele - It appears there's a very good chance that my DEMOCRATIC opponents bizarre and unusual demand that Republican candidates participate in a DEMOCRATIC Primary debate will most likely prevent a DEMOCRATIC Primary debate from occurring before the DEMOCRATIC Primary Election. That said you deserve a response to your questions above and I will be addressing each of them in tomorrow's blog entry on the Freehold Patch. Dan Xavier
Mike May 01, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Dan, With all due respect, does it really surprise you that they are making this difficult? From what I understand for years now the dems are against debates and have made it nearly impossible year after year to happen. I guess somethings never change!
Michele Tidd Pfannenstiel May 03, 2012 at 11:08 AM
Why on earth would they be against debates? They improve voter turnout, are good for democracy and for crying out loud, it's not like you aren't also a Democrat. But maybe since you weren't hand picked they are thumbing their nose at you. Childish.

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