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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.
is good politics and so is setting the example of it to a higher
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
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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