Wallingford, PA, Tuesday, October 16, 2018—Following the cancellation of the League of Women Voters of Delaware County’s 161st House District forum, PA Representative Leanne Krueger-Braneky announced that her campaign will hold a telephone town hall instead.
“The most important issues of our time are being debated every day in Harrisburg: Education funding, health care, the environment, and fundamental human rights,” Rep. Krueger-Braneky said. “As an elected official, I believe it is of paramount importance to hold open, public discussions of the issues that directly affect Pennsylvanians in order to better advocate for constituents and be their voice in Harrisburg. Failure to hold open, public discussions sends the message that the taxpayers of the 161st District don’t deserve a voice in the state Capitol.”
Krueger-Braneky continued: “From telephone town halls to open houses at our legislative office, small business breakfasts to senior resource fairs, veterans’ events to in-person town halls, I am proud to showcase how state government can help people and where I stand on the issues affecting our community. These events stem from my belief that the families of Delaware County deserve to hear from their representatives and anyone who seeks to hold elected office. It is also an extreme disservice to voters to decline the opportunity to hear from them. While I’m disappointed that the 161st House District candidates forum was cancelled, I am happy to create one more opportunity to hear from voters.”
After months of planning beginning in June 2018, the League of Women Voters of Delaware County this week cancelled the 161st District forum due to a failure to respond by the Republican nominee, Patti Rodgers Morrisette. The Rodgers Morrisette campaign twice cancelled on the day of a planning meeting with the League of Women Voters and the Krueger-Braneky campaign. Subsequent email messages were ignored by the Delaware County Republican. Similarly, during the 2015 special election to fill the 161st District seat following a Republican incumbent’s resignation, the GOP candidate also refused to debate.
The 161st District has a 47% to 40% Republican to Democratic voter registration advantage.
“Although I spent much of my career helping small businesses grow and create jobs, and running a successful non-profit, it doesn’t take that kind of background to know that if you don’t show up for a job interview, you shouldn’t get the job. So, unlike my current opponent — and her predecessor — I’ll be showing up, just like I do every day for the families of Delaware County,” Krueger-Braneky concluded.
The tele-town hall with Rep. Krueger-Braneky will be held on October 23, 2018 at 7pm. Details are being finalized and will be released shortly.