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Video: Democratic Candidates on Transparency

Patch sat down with the Democratic council candidates—Greg Newcomer, Brian Sattinger and Mark Hines—and asked them a series of issues-focused questions ahead of next week's election.

We've heard a lot from the candidates for town council over the last few months, from their plans for improving the business climate in town, to how they plan to rein in spending.

But much of what we've heard or read has been reduced to sound bites or finely polished press releases. We at Patch wanted to give the candidates the chance to provide more in-depth explanations of their positions on the issues that matter to voters, and to do it through the more candid medium of video. 

Identical offers were made to both the Republican and Democratic candidates to sit down with Moorestown Patch editor Rob Scott for separate video interviews. However, the Republican slate was unable to agree to Patch's terms. 

We asked the Democratic candidates the following questions:

  • How can town council be more transparent and how can the township provide better accessibility to information?
  • How do you propose to use the Open Space Trust Fund going forward? What types of projects would be an acceptable use of the fund?
  • Should the police department be located downtown, i.e. at the new municipal complex, and why is the concept of a town center important?
  • Provide a little more detail on the Main Street manager position. What would be the duties of this person? How would you measure success? How would you sell it to the business community?
  • What are the best uses of the revenue from the sale of liquor licenses?

We'll run one video per day throughout the week, each one covering the candidates' answers to the above questions, in the above order. 

Don't forget to get to the polls next Tuesday, Nov. 6, to cast your ballot. Don't know where to vote? Check out this list of the polling locations around Moorestown.

HomeBrew October 29, 2012 at 06:24 PM
CONSULT: Welcome! CAND1: Hello, I'm ... CONSULT: (Sitting.) No intros necessary. We'll just call you Manny, Moe, and ... uh ... Jill. We've got a super campaign plan worked out, and it boils down to one word: lawn signs. CAND2: Um, that's two words. CONSULT: (Brushing off comment with a wave of his hand) Print 'em and plant 'em, that's what we say around here. Questions? CAND3: Signs are important, but shouldn't we have more, like, say, a slogan? CONSULT: Something like, "Morgantown First." CAND1: Moorestown, actually. CONSULT: (Another wave, showing off manicured nails.) Super! Put it on your signs. CAND2: How about a ... what'cha'ma'call'it ... a platform. CONSULT: That's a good thought, but won't fit on the lawn sign. Anything else? CAND3: I was thinking... CONSULT: (Glances at watch, rises.) Super. Got to run. Gov. Christie's coming in and he's promised to do his Tony Soprano impersonation. Super. Good Luck. (CONSULTANTANT turns to leave, pauses, turns back to CANDIDATES) CONSULT: Almost forgot. You can pay the cashier on the way out. (CONSULTANT exits.)
HD October 29, 2012 at 07:32 PM
I am voting for Newcomber, Sattinger and Hines. The Republicans are good people but I don't think they have done a good job and their decisions have cost us to waste taxpayer dollars. The Democrats are willing to debate and answer questions while Republicans refused. Makes me think the Republicans are afraid of hard questions and are hiding something. Why not debate! It's part of the election process. I am voting for the Dems.
Sandy October 29, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Again did you see that video? That's a performance you want? Yikes! I heard through the mumbling, sounds negative searching for something to talk about. Later realized there've republican candidates were going to jaw tier second forum, but yes sandy is here and it's canceled. Let's see them as a meet and greet at candlelight night this Friday evening. I can only assume they'll be there. By the way, does anyone know when the last time there was a town council debate? Someone told Me a month ago that it was 12 or 14 years ago? So because there's no debate that is nothing new. I'm guessing not much comes out of them? One more week, I'm voting republican
AD October 29, 2012 at 11:21 PM
The Republicans are really the only choice this year. Newcomer Sattinger and Hines want to delay town hall (again). They wanna spend more cash. They are playing dirty and being negative. Nope. Can't support em.
John K November 01, 2012 at 06:39 PM
First of all, big thanks to the Patch staff for undertaking this initiative to better inform the electorate! A contest to win support of Moorestown residents to lead our township’s government should be about more than just simplistic slogans, campaign balloons, and lawns signs. You would expect that any candidate who wants to serve Moorestown residents would look forward to any opportunity to answer questions, not run away from them. The fact that critics of the Dems are commenting on the picture and audio quality of the recording makes me suspect they’re trying to deflect attention away from the real issue here. I certainly may disagree with some statements or positions taken by the 3 Democratic candidates. However, I applaud their willingness to cooperate with the Patch in this attempt to provide Moorestown voters with a deeper understanding about some key issues in this election. The fact that the Republican candidates were unwilling to participate in a public debate and now have spurned this opportunity to be videotaped answering questions from the Patch tells me all I need to know about their real commitment--or, more accurately, lack thereof-- to transparency and responsive governance. I’m voting for Sattinger, Hines, and Newcomer. That’s who I want representing me when decisions get tough!

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