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LAUGENOUR PREPARING FOR AT LEAST THREE DEBATES
-Encourages robust voter education
-Renews 2010 pledge


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Friends for Scott Laugenour
Kalin Jordan, Campaign Manager
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SEPTEMBER 11, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Lee Scott Laugenour is preparing for at least three debates with his only opponent, William Smitty Pignatelli, prior to the November 6 election for State Representative in the 4th Berkshire District.
Larry Kratka, Donna Todd Rivers, and Holly Troiano have each expressed a desire to host debate forums to help educate voters. Kratka is news director of Vox Communications, which broadcasts programming on WSBS in Great Barrington. Rivers hosts Berkshire Viewpoint on WBRK in Pittsfield. Troiano is on the faculty of Berkshire Hills Regional School District as a teacher of politics who often invites public officials to speak before her classes. All three report to have been in touch with both candidates.
Voters in the 4th Berkshire District are the only ones in Berkshire County with a choice this year for whom they elect to represent them on Beacon Hill. Incumbents in other districts have faced no party primary or general election competition.

“I applaud groups who take seriously the important task of voter education,” said Laugenour, who is the Green-Rainbow Party candidate. “Even non-profit groups that cannot make actual endorsements can host candidate forums and circulate candidate questionnaires on issues of concern to them as long as all ballot-qualified candidates are offered the opportunity to participate.”

Laugenour has made public the questions and answers to all candidate questionnaires that he has received, while Pignatelli, the incumbent Democratic Party candidate, has not. “In preparing for these debates my opponent will know in advance all of my answers to questionnaires that were posed by advocacy groups representing a wide range of political ideologies. Neither I nor anyone else in the general public knows how my opponent answered these questions,” Laugenour recently told Larry Kratka while discussing the issue of transparency on the air.

“Transparency is good politics and so is setting the example of it to a higher bar.”

Willingness to debate was the issue raised in question #4 of the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance questionnaire, which read, “Some candidates run for public office, win, and refuse to debate their future opponents. If you are facing a challenger this election, will you publicly debate your opponent? If elected, will you pledge to publicly debate your future opponent(s) once elected?”

Answering these questions in the affirmative, Laugenour reiterated the pledge that he made in 2010, to accept all debate invitations made in good faith to all candidates appearing on the ballot.

The Laugenour campaign has not yet received formal invitations for 2012 debates. It looks forward to working with these and other sponsors who come forward. During the 2010 election the Laugenour campaign received two debate invitations and accepted both. Rep. Pignatelli participated in only one debate with Laugenour in 2010, which was hosted by Larry Kratka and co-moderated by Clarence Fanto and Dan Valenti.


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