Because an informed electorate is essential to a properly functioning government, I write to ask The Tribune and other local media outlets to implore our incumbent 35th District Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian to accept the debate challenge put forth by his opponent Heidi Harmon.
Not stepping up to the challenge to debate is disrespectful to voters and democracy. Harmon is running on a solid platform of what is good for the environment, is good for the economy and the future of our species.
Conversely, Achadjian’s voting record amounts to an assault on the environment, suggesting little regard for a greater good beyond the financial interests of his backers. The public deserves to hear each of these candidates articulate their platforms and decide for themselves which candidate has its best interests in mind.
Achadjian seems so self-assured. Thus, debating can only polish his image and enhance his stature. Why duck such an opportunity?
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For more on Achadjian’s remarkable opponent, go to http://www.heidiharmon.org.
Write Achadjian at firstname.lastname@example.org. Urge him to display some true civic mindedness.