Democratic State Senate candidate Brian Howard is challenging incumbent State Senator Kathy Marchione to a series of debates throughout the 43rd Senate District.
“Debates are an important and necessary part of the democratic process,” said Howard. “I have said from day one that we need to have an honest and open dialogue about the issues facing the 43rd Senate District and in New York State. Sadly, many issues have not been talked about by my opponent over the last several years and I think that is a disservice to those that she represents.”
Those issues include education, the upstate economy, ethics and campaign finance reform and ensuring women receive equal pay for equal work. “These issues have taken a back seat to divide and conquer politics that Ms. Marchione has embraced over the years. There must be a debate within a reasonable distance of the voters in each region of the 43rd Senate District. One has been scheduled and agreed to on October 14 in Saratoga Springs. Senator Marchione however has avoided committing to the October 7 League of Women’s invitation for a Candidate’s Forum in Brunswick. The LWV of Rensselaer County have now offered the date of October 21. It is time for Senator Marchione to commit to being there. All candidates running for office have a moral obligation to participate in all debates because it is the only way for voters to make an informed choice on Election Day.
Howard said that the debates will be a priority and he will do what is necessary to accommodate these events.