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Article posted: 12/12/2012 5:00 AM

Candidates must be willing to debate

Several readers have written saying they need more information about candidates and elections. I would agree that we generally need more information. However, I also believe that voters must demand information from the candidates themselves and make them earn their vote.

I recently ran for U.S. Congress against Jan Schakowsky in the 9th District. She would not debate me (a forum was held at Oakton Community College, but that is not a debate), and she held no town hall meetings that I am aware of. I agreed to two debates. I held several town hall meetings. Yet, the voters didn't hold her accountable for her unwillingness to discuss the issues. We must hold candidates, and elected officials, accountable for what they do and don't say.

Timothy C. Wolfe

Arlington Heights

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