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Bucks County Pa. House candidates invited to forum on education

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Through a partnership between the Bucks County Branch of the NAACP and The League of Women Voters of Bucks County, and ahead of the Nov. 5 election, Bucks County Community College will host “Candidates Forum: Education in Pennsylvania.”

An open invitation has been extended via email to all 20 candidates running for the 10 Pa. House districts in Bucks County to participate in this live, nonpartisan event focusing on the critical topic of education.

The three event partners are urging the 20 candidates to make good use of this education-focused opportunity to speak directly to their constituents on an issue that affects all Bucks County residents, be they parents, students and/or taxpayers.

The forum partners are simultaneously encouraging Bucks County voters wishing to hear from their own district representatives to proactively reach out to them directly, requesting their participation in this unique forum. (Candidates and district boundaries are listed below).

“The mission of the League of Women Voters is to empower voters and defend democracy,” said Liz Fritsch, Candidate Forum Chair, League of Women Voters of Bucks County. “One of the most effective ways of empowering voters is to provide them with nonpartisan, unbiased information about where candidates stand on the issues. This event allows voters to hear from the candidates themselves about the important issue of education.”

The forum will be moderated by the community college’s longtime social science faculty member and prolific author Bill Pezza, who will pose questions to participating candidates solicited from the public in the weeks leading up to the forum.

Karen Downer, president of the NAACP Bucks County Branch, looks forward to hearing candidates directly discuss their views about education.

“Our members as well as the public always want to know more about who their candidates are and what their thoughts are on issues that are important to them and their families — and education is a critical topic across the Bucks County community.”

Kevin Antoine, BCCC Associate Vice President of External Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer pointed out that BCCC has historically encouraged free speech and debate for all residents — as part of its mission.

“As the only public college in the county, Bucks County Community College believes civic engagement is fundamental to the survival of a democracy,” Antoine said. “Debates and public forums like these strengthen free speech and expand equal opportunity.”

The first-ever event will take place at the College’s Newtown Campus at 7 p.m. Sept. 12 in the Zlock Performing Arts Center. The forum will be open free to the public and streamed live on the College’s YouTube channel.

Candidates by State House District (asterisk denotes incumbent):

• 18th: Kathleen C. Tomlinson* (R), Anand Patel (D)

• 29th: Tim Brennan* (D), Steve Mekanik (R)

• 31st: Perry Warren* (D), Bernie Sauer (R)

• 140th: Jim Prokopiak* (D), Candace Cabanas (R)

• 141st: Tina Davis* (D), Noah Boyd (R)

• 142nd: Joe Hogan* (R), Anna Payne (D)

• 143rd: Shelby Labs* (R), Eleanor Breslin (D)

• 144th: Brian Munroe* (D), Daniel J. McPhillips (R)

• 145th: Craig Staats* (R), Vera Cole (D)

• 178th: Kristin Marcell* (R); Emma Rosenthal (D)

District Boundaries:

• 18th: Bensalem Township and Hulmeville Borough

• 29th: Buckingham, Doylestown, and Solebury townships; Chalfont, Doylestown, New Britain and New Hope boroughs

• 31st: Lower Makefield, Newtown, and Upper Makefield townships; Newtown and Yardley boroughs

• 140th: Falls and Middletown (part) townships; Morrisville and Tullytown boroughs

• 141st: Bristol Township and Bristol Borough

• 142nd: Lower Southampton, Middletown (part), and Northampton (part), townships; Langhorne, Langhorne Manor, and Penndel boroughs

• 143rd: Bedminster, Hilltown, New Britain (part), Plumstead, and Tinicum townships; Dublin, Perkasie, Sellersville, and Silverdale boroughs

• 144th: New Britain (part), Warminster, and Warrington townships; Ivyland Borough

• 145th: Bridgeton, Durham, East Rockhill, Haycock, Milford, Nockamixon, Richland, Springfield, and West Rockhill townships; Quakertown, Richlandtown, Riegelsville, Telford (Bucks County portion) and Trumbauersville boroughs

• 178th: Northampton (part), Upper Southampton, Warwick, and Wrightstown townships


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