A look at previous campaign forums and events. This list will be updated. We’re also keeping track of upcoming forums and events. Let us know of any we should include.
The preview: The York 912 Patriots announced on Monday that Libertarian Mike Koffenberger of Hopewell Township; Democrat Harry Perkinson of York Township; state Rep. Scott Perry, R-Carroll Township; and Independent Wayne Wolff of North Hopewell Township will participate in a candidates’ forum at the York 912 Patriots’ monthly meeting on Thursday.
All four are running to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Todd Platts, R-York County, in the 4th Congressional District race.
Last week, the York 912 Patriots said Perkinson did not reply to the group’s invitation. Perkinson said in a phone interview Friday that he did not recall receiving an invitation from the group.
Lee Ann Burkholder, communications director for the group, said Perkinson later accepted an invitation to participate in the event.
The event on Thursday will be moderated by Matt Brouillette, of the Commonwealth Foundation, according to a news release.
Randy DeSoto of Americans for Prosperity will also speak briefly about an offer they are extending to the York 912 Patriots, according to the news release.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m at the Holiday Inn Conference Center, 2000 Loucks Road in West Manchester Township.
The four candidates running to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Todd Platts, R-York County, weighed in on how President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney reacted to recent violence in the Middle East.
“I think Gov. Romney played politics a little bit too much with it at first, criticizing Obama before all the facts were in,” said Libertarian candidate Mike Koffenberger of Hopewell Township.
The preview: The Citizens for a Better York Coalition is hosting a panel discussion next month for candidates running for office in Pennsylvania this November, according to a news release.
The event will take place at 6 p.m. Sept. 18 at Lincoln Charter School, 559 West King St., York. The panel discussion will be facilitated by York Mayor Kim Bracey.
The event is open to the public, but tickets are limited. To request tickets, contact Anne Clark at either 717-699-1573, 717-817-4019 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The York Jewish Community Center and the York Daily Record/Sunday News will co-sponsor a debate among candidates for Pennsylvania’s 4th Congressional District at 7 p.m. Thursday, according to a news release from the organizers.
The debate will take place at the York Jewish Community Center, 2000 Hollywood Dr., York Township.
Republican Scott Perry, Democrat Harry Perkinson and Libertarian Mike Koffenberger have committed to participate in the debate, according to the news release. Independent Wayne Wolff was invited, but is unable to attend.
David Polk, York College professor of behavioral sciences and partner in Polk-Lepson Research Group, will moderate the session.
The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited to 300. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Audience members can check out the NewsVroom before the event begins to learn more about the York Daily Record/Sunday News. Organizers plan to conduct a straw poll of the audience.
Pennsylvania Cable Network will broadcast the debate live in its entirety.
Viewers can participate by commenting on Twitter and using the hashtag #yorkvote. They can also watch it live at ydr.com/livestream and leave comments there.
Immediately following the conclusion of the debate at 8 p.m., PCN will air a special live call-in program about the 2012 election, according to a PCN news release.
Scheduled guests will include Robb Austin of Austin Communications and Brad Koplinski of Penn Blue Strategies. Viewers will be able to share comments and ask questions by dialing 1-877-PA6-5001, according to the PCN release.
For more information on the debate, contact Linda Seligson at the York Jewish Community Center at 717-843-0918 or at email@example.com.
Democrat Harry Perkinson called the current Congress “asleep at the wheel,” and said you’d have to go back to before the Civil War “to find one that comes even close” to being as bad.
Republican Scott Perry said he’s “affronted when the president has time to go on David Letterman and … make beer in the White House, and so on and so forth, but he doesn’t have time to meet with the president of … Israel over” the issue of Iran seeking a nuclear weapon.
And Libertarian Mike Koffenberger criticized both Republicans and Democrats.
“As a Libertarian, I don’t have to worry about the nonsense that goes on in Washington right now,” Koffenberger said. “It is nonsense. Democrats and Republicans bicker and fight constantly about the issues, and nothing ever gets done.”
Preview: The three candidates vying for the state auditor general position will participate in a debate that will be aired live on the Pennsylvania Cable Network, beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, according to a news release.
Democratic candidate and state Rep. Eugene DePasquale of West Manchester Township, Republican candidate and state Rep. John Maher of Allegheny County, and Libertarian candidate Betsy Summers of Luzerne County will take questions from a panel of Pennsylvania Legislative Correspondents’ Association representatives during the debate hosted at the Widener University School of Law, according to the release.
The debate, which will take place in room A180 of the Law School Administration Building on Widener’s Harrisburg campus, will be open to the public, according to the news release.
Doors open at 6 p.m. The law school’s Harrisburg campus is located at 3800 Vartan Way.
Coverage from Associated Press:
The major-party candidates for auditor general vowed Friday not to run for higher office while serving as the state government’s independent fiscal watchdog and rooting out waste, fraud and abuse.
The preview: Kreutz Creek Presbyterian Church is planning to hold a town hall-style meeting Wednesday where the congregation and community will have an opportunity to ask questions about the presidential candidates and various issues, according to a news release.
The Democratic and Republican parties have agreed to send well-informed surrogates for the candidates, according to the release. Mike Argento from the York Daily Record/Sunday News will be the moderator.
Democratic President Barack Obama will be represented by Salome Johnson, a member of the executive committee of the York County Democratic party and an active Obama supporter, according to the news release. Details about the representative for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney are not known at this time, according to event organizer John Haynes.
Light refreshments will be served and attendees will have an opportunity to anonymously indicate who they are inclined to vote for or if they are undecided, according to the news release.
The church is located at 85 Old Church Lane, Hellam Township. The event will begin at 7 p.m.
Coverage: The event was cancelled.
Wednesday, Oct. 10
–4th Congressional District candidate debate at Yorktowne Hotel, 48 East Market St., York.
Roberta Oberdick, executive coordinator for the York Rotary Club, which is sponsoring the event, said Democrat Harry Perkinson and Independent Wayne Wolff have confirmed they will attend.
The event is open to members, guests of members and the press, she said. It’s not open to the general public.
The lunch starts at 11:45 a.m., but the debate likely won’t start until about 12:25 p.m., she said