By Jeremy Gerrard, Daily Local News, 10/29/13
WEST CHESTER – Three gubernatorial candidates seeking the Democratic nomination and a chance to oust incumbent Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett will face off in a debate at West Chester University Wednesday evening.
Candidates John Hanger, Jo Ellen Litz and Max Myers accepted invitations to attend the debate.
So far, eight Democrats have declared themselves candidates in the upcoming 2014 governor election.
All declared candidates were invited to attend.
“It’s a good chance for all concerned, I think, and not just the candidates,” said Nathaniel Smith, borough resident and debate organizer. “This is going to be a very big race and the issues.”
The debate will begin at 7 p.m. in the Philips Autograph Library in the Philips Memorial Hall located at 700 S. High Street in West Chester. The room is located upstairs above Asplundh Concert Hall.
The debate is being sponsored by the SAC and the Political Science Department at West Chester University.
The candidates will field questions from attendees, mainly students, and will likely touch on education, fracking, environment and partisanship.
West Chester University student MaryBeth Sadow helped coordinate the event. As the contemporary issues chair of the student activities council, Sadow said the group tries to bring in a few events each year focused on current topics. An international relations major, Sadow said she wanted to do something to engage the students with what was happening at the state and local government level.
“I wanted to give them the opportunity to speak to the source,” Sadow said.
While there are a variety of issues to discuss, Sadow said she thinks students will be focused on education with questions tailored toward support for higher education and rising tuition among the students concerns….
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