> SOUTHERN INDIANA — Voters group hosting forum, not 9th debate
The South Central Indiana League of Women Voters is thrilled to celebrate our first year serving Clark, Floyd and Harrison counties as a nonpartisan political organization advocating an informed citizenry. As a group, our efforts have always been to inform voters about public policy and candidates during this election season.
The South Central Indiana League of Women Voters invited Rep. Todd Young, candidates Shelli Yoder and Jason Sharp to a formal debate immediately after the primary as our membership was excited to be hosting a debate in our area, to offer the citizens a nonpartisan venue to meet and hear their candidates for representative of the 9th District.
We reminded all candidates participating of the League of Women Voters stringent protocol which we must comply with that stipulates all candidates must be present for a debate to be held. While both candidates Yoder and Sharp confirmed their availability for the debate, incumbent Todd Young would not give us a definitive answer, even when asked in person by our President Teresa Perkins and Membership Chair Barbara Anderson, as well as countless emails and phone calls encouraging his participation by several members of our group.
We spoke with his campaign team who said we would hear back. We have not heard from them. We were unable to confirm with the incumbent and sadly will not be having a 9th District congressional debate for this election season.
We hope to remind all candidates running for office this November that it is their duty to meet and discuss their viewpoints with the citizenry to promote positive communications with the district they are serving, as well as understand and hear the voices of those for which they are speaking on behalf of.
While we will not be hosting a debate, we will be hosting a Local Candidates Forum free to the public to meet Clark and Floyd county local candidates at 6 p.m., today, at the Jeffersonville RiverStage in Jeffersonville. All are welcome and encouraged to enjoy refreshments and participate in the silent basket auction to benefit the South Central Indiana League of Women Voters.
— Teresa Perkins, South Central Indiana League of Women Voters
Editor’s note: Teresa Perkins is a candidate for Greater Clark County Schools Board.