Individuals vying for State Representative for the 109th District will have the opportunity to share their views with the public during an upcoming candidate forum. All five registered candidates for the 109th District seat will be participating. The candidates are Edward Giannattasio, Janine Penman, Joseph Martin, Aaron Kline, and Robert Leadbeter. The event, being hosted by The Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce, will be held tomorrow, May 4th from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Central Columbia Area School District’s High School auditorium.
The format will be a modified debate. Each candidate will be presented with the same questions in rotating order with two minutes for each response. Questions screened from the in-person audience will also be presented. Candidates will also be given time for closing remarks. Fred Gaffney, president of The Chamber of Commerce, will be the moderator.
The 109th House District is currently represented by David Millard, who is not seeking another term. At least four candidates have announced they will be running on the Republican ticket and one Democratic candidate has registered. As a result of redistricting, the 109th District will consist of all of Columbia County beginning in 2023.
The event is open to the public and will also be recorded and streamed live on The Chamber’s YouTube channel, which can be found here.