Monday, October 21, 2013

Democratic, Republican Council Candidates Have Yet to Agree on Debate Forum

Galloway Township Council Candidates have yet to agree on a Debate forum. The current Republican controlled Council only has one incumbent seeking re-election. 

The Republican OneGalloway Team is running a slate of four candidates consisting of Incumbent Mayor Don Purdy and new comers Frank Gargione, Timothy Meadows Sr., and Robert Maldonado. 

The Democratic Restore Galloway Team is running a slate of four candidates consisting of Incumbent Councilman Jim McElwee and new comers Bill Montag, Cliff Sudler and Michael Sulieman.

On September 15, 2013, the Restore Galloway Team invited the OneGalloway Team to begin discussions on potential Debate locations and times. Restore Galloway suggested the Galloway Township Senior Center as a debate location, to potentially take place sometime in October. 

According to Municipal Chair and Council Candidate Michael Suleiman, he has been in communication with the Municipal Chair for the Republican Candidates, Steve Moliver. 

Suleiman suggested to Moliver a forum consisting of each party to appoint three debate representatives. Upon arriving at the Senior Center, audience members would write down and submit questions they would like asked at the debate. Before the debate begins, the Republican and Democratic debate representatives would go through the questions and come to a mutual agreement on which questions to be asked. Suleiman stated he reached out to the League of Women Voters in Cape May and they were willing to moderate the debate. 

"Unfortunately, we could not agree on a location nor a date so negotiations ended. Our friends on the other side of the aisle did not want to have the event at the Senior Center and wanted the debate at the very end of October. We wanted it much earlier and would have liked the Senior Center" Suleiman stated.  

Moliver did not return our request for comment. 

Galloway Township residents have not seen a debate between Council candidates for several years. 


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