Forums to spotlight candidates for key city, county posts

The Williamsport Sun-Gazette and Backyard Broadcasting are teaming up to hold two political forums this month featuring candidates for Lycoming County commissioner, city mayor and City Council.

The first forum will offer voters an opportunity to hear from five candidates for county commissioner, starting at 7 p.m. Oct. 21.

An Oct. 29 forum will feature back-to-back sessions for city candidates, with council candidates taking the stage at 6:30 p.m. and mayoral candidates at 7:45 p.m.

Both events will be held in the Community Theatre League arena in the Trade and Transit I Centre, 100 W. Third St. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21 and 6 p.m. Oct. 29.

“Your community newspaper is honored to help host and organize these political forums on behalf of our readers and advertisers. We applaud all who step forward to serve the public. We also are grateful to Backyard Broadcasting as a partner in the forums so candidates for office can tell voters about their ideas, their values and their beliefs,” said Bob Rolley, Sun-Gazette publisher.

Four candidates are on the ballot for county commissioner: Republicans Tony Mussare, incumbent, and Scott Metzger and Democrats Elliott Weiss and Rick Mirabito, incumbent. Additionally, incumbent Jack McKernan, a Republican, is an announced write-in candidate for commissioner.

On the ballot for City Council are seven candidates: Democrats David Banks, Tiasha Machuga and Jon Mackey, and Republican incumbent Bonnie Katz and fellow Republicans Vincent Pulizzi, Adam Yoder and Bill Hall.

For Williamsport mayor, City Councilman Derek Slaughter, a Democrat, and Republican Eric Beiter are on the ballot. Hoping to retain the position, incumbent Mayor Gabriel J. Campana recently announced that he is seeking a fourth term through a write-in campaign.

Each forum will be moderated by Jason Fink, president of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce. The events will feature introductory and closing statements, questions from a reporter panel and questions from the audience in attendance. The debates will be broadcast live on Backyard Broadcasting radio stations WWPA 1340 AM and 103.1 FM and WBZD Oldies 93.3 FM.

“We are thankful to the candidates who agreed to participate in our forums,” said Sun-Gazette Editor L. Lee Janssen. “We hope these evenings will provide an opportunity for the voters to learn more about the candidates and for a free exchange of ideas in a positive setting.”


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