JAMESTOWN – Six Candidates who are running for three countywide offices in Chautauqua County were on hand for a Meet the Candidates forum Tuesday night at Jamestown Community College.
The forum, hosted by the Chautauqua County League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women, featured State Assemblyman Andrew Goodell (R-Jamestown) and challenger Jason Perdue (D-Jamestown), Acting District Attorney Patrick Swanson (D-Fredonia) and challenger Jason Schmidt (R-Fredonia), and Family Court Judge candidates Sally Jaroszynski (D-Falconer) and Michael Sullivan (R-Fredonia).
Candidate for New York State Senate – incumbent Cathy Young (R-Olean) and Challenger Lee Hyson (D-Frewsburg) – were not in attendance.
All candidates were asked what they felt was the most important issue of the campaign, with each candidate for Family Court Judge and District Attorney agreeing that the drug epidemic and specifically heroin are most important to address.
Meanwhile, Assemblyman Andy Goodell said that job creation is the most urgent problem facing the New York State, while his opponent, Jason Perdue, said that it economic uncertainty and the impact it has on thousands of families.
The candidates were each allowed to respond to nearly a dozen questions from both the moderators as well as from the audience.
WRFA will broadcast the entire Meet the Candidates Forum on Thursday, Oct. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. during a special two-hour edition of our Community Matters program. At 5 p.m. we will feature the candidates for Family Court Judge and at about 5:30 we’ll focus on the District Attorney Candidates. Then at 6 p.m. we’ll shift our attention to the Candidates for State Assembly.
A second Meet the Candidates forum, which will include the candidates for state senate, will take place at SUNY Fredonia on Thursday night. In addition, a forum featuring the two candidates for Congress – incumbent Tom Reed (R-Corning) and challenger John Plumb (D-Lakewood) – will take place next Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. at Chautauqua Lake Central School. Both forums will be open to the public.