The Chautauqua League of Women Voters held a debate between Rep. Tom Reed and John Plumb in Mayville. It was recorded by Chautauqua Community TV Channel 5 and that video is included. The debate was sponsored by the two largest newspapers in the county, the Dunkirk Observer and the Jamestown Post-Standard. The editors of those newspapers each asked an opening question.
The main topics and approximate time of each question are listed below.
Please note that John Plumb had a problem with the microphone in the beginning of the debate. Although the sound wasn’t too bad on the recording, it was difficult for the audience to hear him. As you will see a League of Women Voters official stopped the debate to help get the microphone correctly situated.
The candidates had two minutes to answer the question, and one minute for a rebuttal. A candidate could respond to a rebuttal.
Rep. Reed’s six year experience is a double headed sword. He uses it describes the needs of the district and that he “cares” about our problems, but it gives Plumb the opportunities to bring up Reed’s voting record.
Plumb unashamedly admitted to the negative aspects of both the Affordable Care Act and the NYS SAFE Act. He offered ways to improve the ACA, and reminded us that his job for twenty-two years was to uphold the Constitution, including the Second Amendment.
Reed thanked John for his years of service to our country.
It was a good debate, good give and take.
If you want to get to the meat of the debate quickly, start at about the 6 minute mark. Each candidate will introduce himself before answering the Opening Questions which were asked by the newspapers’ Editors.
6:14–Opening Question 1–What is the most urge problem we are facing today, and how would you solve it?
12:45– Opening Question 2–What action for you, the House of representative member will best improve the lives of Chautauqua residents in the next two years?
17:12– Congressional Dysfunction
29:09 Fair Pay for Women
32:12- Affordable Care Act
46:55–SAFE Act/Assault Weapons/Background Checks
53:20–Donald Trump’s Policies
57:00–Veteran’s Access to Care