Republican voters in Columbia County will have four choices for State Representative on the May 17th primary ballot, while registered Democrats will see only one name. All five registered candidates for the 109th House District shared their views on a variety of issues at a candidate forum, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, Wednesday, May 4th at Central Columbia High School. The event was streamed live on the Chamber’s YouTube channel and the recording is available here.
Democrat Edward Giannattasio and Republicans Aaron Kline, Robert Leadbeter, Joseph Martin, and Janine Penman each were provided two minutes to respond to questions presented by Fred Gaffney, Chamber president. Topics included PennDOT’s plan to begin tolling interstate bridges, workforce, minimum wage, Pennsylvania’s economy, and election integrity. Audience questions were presented on education funding and COVID-related government orders. All five of the candidates were not supportive of the tolling plan, which is being opposed by the Chamber as part of the No P3 Bridge Tolling Coalition. Candidates were also provided two minutes each for closing remarks.
The Chamber thanks Central Columbia High School Principal Adam Comstock for hosting the event, and Doug Farley, Communications Technology Teacher, and several of his students for streaming the video.