To the Editor: BG man wanted more real answers from council candidates at forum
Written by Sam Melendez   
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 10:06
I attended the League of Women's Voters Candidates Forum Sunday night and as always it was a wonderful event and a great chance to learn about the candidates and issues on the ballot this Nov. 5.
In open forums like this, it gives the voters a unique opportunity to understand where candidates stand on issues and what they'd be like if elected. With that in mind, I was struck by a couple of contrasts that helped make my decision on whom to vote for much easier.
I believe it is the duty of anyone seeking public office to answer questions from the public thoughtfully and honestly. That's exactly what Rob Piasecki (4th Ward Councilman) & Sandy Rowland (At-Large Councilwoman) did. They answered every question asked that evening with a thoughtful response.  I was especially impressed with Mr. Piasecki's knowledge of the city and the issues discussed. It's clear to me that Rob & Sandy take their jobs on Council very seriously and have the best interest of Bowling Green first on their list.
However, I was disappointed not to learn more about council candidates Sandy Milligan (At-Large candidate) & Theresa Charters-Gaverone (4th Ward candidate). They chose not to answer most questions asked at the forum. Their most common responses were "I don't know" or "I'm not on Council, I haven't heard about that." Honest? Maybe, but these candidates said nothing about their vision for a better Bowling Green. It was a missed opportunity to tell voters about their views and they shared very little.
Thanks again to the League of Women Voters  & all their volunteers for this event.
Don't forget to vote by Nov.  5!
Sam Melendez
Bowling Green

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