This Tuesday is the scheduled debate for the Democratic candidates for State Rep. for the 7th Bristol district, but unless he changes his mind, Councilor Leo Pelletier will not be taking the stage at Bristol Community College. Instead, Councilor Pelletier will be taking his familiar seat during a city council meeting scheduled for the same night.
By attending the city council meeting Councilor Pelletier may feel he's living up to his commitment to the people of Fall River, but by skipping the debate he's cheating the very people he hopes to represent in the state house. By not participating in the debate Candidate Pelletier is losing the chance to share his platform and denying us the chance to learn where the he stands.
Where does Leo stand? If elected will he retain his city council seat? If so how will he deal with the inevitable conflicts between those two positions? Considering he's skipping the debate it's a fair question and exactly the reason why Leo needs to debate.
It's my understanding that attempts have been made to reschedule the debate to the 24th but the resulting conflicts with our candidates mean that the debate HAS to take place on the 22nd. It's also my understanding that when the 22nd was suggested that no candidate mentioned a conflict.
If someone seriously wants to be our next State Representative it's a position they need to earn. Each candidate should do their best to make their positions and platform known. It's not enough to rely on popularity and name recognition.
If you agree, contact Councilor Pelletier and urge him to participate in this debate.