Meet your 2012 election candidates

Often candidates, and incumbents, are elected year after year because the majority of constituents saw a television commercial that they liked. Sadly these 30 second spots are a few of the only means for voters to see and hear their candidates, and incumbents. But there are times when candidates can be seen, and will answer questions.

Currently the theme of politics in general is to answer every question in the most catchy soundbite possible if in person (and if in a letter, to respond in a boilerplate response that addresses nothing). The goal is to make whatever the question may be, sound like a simple matter that the candidate can make voters feel good about (or bad about the opponent). This bypasses the fact that there is nothing that is worth discussing that can be explained in 30 seconds. The best politicians in history couldn’t explain poverty, health care, economics or any other issue in 30 seconds – and the politicians of today are no different.

Thus when there is a chance to have candidates and incumbents appear before the public, and speak longer than in a soundbite, we feel it is critical to let the masses know.

On Monday September 17th, the Americans for Restoring the Constitution are presenting their 2nd annual candidate forum. The first was in 2010 [NY State Assembly candidates speak with voters in Vestal and Congressional candidates vie for Vestal New York voters by proxy], which we attended and provided video of every candidate/incumbent and every answer they gave to the questions from the public. The candidates spoke about what they supported, what they thought they could achieve, and what they felt were the priorities for the constituents they hoped to represent (again in the case of incumbents).

This is not a debate. This is not empty reitieration of political party talking points. Each candidate will get approximately 10 minutes to explain who they are, what they hope to acheive if elected, and why they are qualified to do so. Each candidate will also have a chance to answer questions from the public, submitted that night.

We feel that America is at its greatest when the very best choice is picked by votes from the public. We feel only an informed public can make the best choice. This is a chance to become informed (its open to the public – subject to seating limitations). In addition, we will again be presenting video of the complete speeches, questions and answers of each candidate and incumbent for those that cannot be at the event.

  • Location: Vestal Public Library – 320 Vestal Parkway East, Vestal, New York 13850
  • Time: 7 – 8pm each candidate/incumbent will have a chance to discuss their platform, 8 – 9pm candidates/incumbents will answer questions from the public attendees.
  • List of candidates/incumbents: Confirmed
      NY State Assembly District 126
      Donna Lupardo – incumbent
      Julie Lewis – challenger
      NY State Senate 52nd District
      John Orzel
      United States Congress NY 22nd District
      Dan Lamb
      Mike Kicinski
  • Unconfirmed at this time:
    Tom Libous – incumbent – NY State Senator 52nd District
    Richard Hanna – incumbent – Congress NY 22nd District

    M V Consulting, Inc does NOT advocate any candidate or incumbent in any local, State, or national election. We seek to provide the broadest coverage and information on each candidate and incumbent so that voters may make an informed decision on how they want to vote – whatever that vote may be.

  • About the Author

    Michael Vass
    Born in 1968, a political commentator for over a decade. Has traveled the U.S. and lived in Moscow and Tsblisi, A former stockbroker and 2014 Congressional candidate. Passionate about politics with emphasis on 1st and 2nd Amendments.

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