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WATCH: Commissioners Candidates Square Off in Lone Debate Before Election

5 candidates for Schuylkill County Commissioner met for a debate at Penn State-Schuylkill on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2023

The 5 candidates who will appear on the Nov. 7 General Election ballot for Schuylkill County Commissioner took the stage at John E. Morgan Auditorium on the campus of Penn State-Schuylkill Tuesday evening for the one-and-only pre-vote debate.

Topics covered during the debate included the ongoing property tax reassessment, fiscal responsibility and transparency in County government, the environmental issues facing one portion of Schuylkill County, specifically, human services and emergency services offered by the County, and constant overcrowding at Schuylkill County Prison.

Appearing on the debate dais were candidates Gary Hess (D), Rita Anczarski-Baldino (D), Boots Hetherington (R), Larry Padora (R), and Gregory Woll (L).

The debate was organized by Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce and moderated by Chamber President & CEO Bob Carl, a former County Commissioner. The evening played out more like a candidate forum than a debate as there were no real interactions or verbal sparring between any of the candidates.

Each candidate was given 2 minutes to answer each of the questions posed to them.

The Canary will have a full recap of all the topics discussed
and analysis of the answers through the course of this week.

Watch the Schuylkill County Commissioners Candidates Debate

You can watch the full debate in the video below. Also, you can check out The Canary’s live notes taken during the debate as we recap the answers given by each candidate to every question asked.


Live notes here:

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