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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.

Sandy October 29, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Today may make history but not these speeches. We listened to it with a lot of mumbling? Or was it the poor audio? Got my sound system and it sounds like a wind tunnel. Anyhow, that mail piece by the democrats went on the negative and did not like it. Could I meet the republicans at candlelight night? They at least sound more positive.
George October 29, 2012 at 02:51 PM
I think the Republicans running for Town Council have to stop the bidding process of town hall. Button wants to farm this out to a group who have a terrible record and are know losers already in New Jersey - Sag Harbor? What is it with the Town Republicans, screwing up the Town Hall Project again? I understand the lowest bidders are losers and have already gone over budget $34,000,000.00 on a school building in New Jersey. Why is it that the Republicans are teaming up with losers?
Ed Nice October 29, 2012 at 03:11 PM
George you want JB to ignore the state law about how public contracts are awarded? What's he supposed to do about who bids and how much if they are cleared by the state...state law says low bidder wins. Get a clue before you attack.
Ed Nice October 29, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Hey Rob - did you ask Hines when he was going to apologize for attacking JB about the perfectly legal uses of the Open Space, Recreation Farmland and Historic Fund for ball fields? I don't know who can vote for a person who makes stuff up, sues his own town and then cowardly walks away when he is proven wrong and doesn't even have the you know what to admit it.
Sandy October 29, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Thanks mr nice, sounds like I will vote republican on election day. I thought the democrat candidates for town council appeared on the negative. Hope to see the republican candidates at candlelight night.
George October 29, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Ed Nice, how dumb can you be? Really. This company already, today, today has a record of screwing up a very large construction job, in New Jersey, no less, and YOU want to give them my hard earned tax dollars to screw Moorestown? How dumb are you? Really
George October 29, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Ed Nice, how dumb can you be? Really. This company already, today, today has a record of screwing up a very large construction job, in New Jersey, no less, and YOU want to give them my hard earned tax dollars to screw Moorestown? How dumb are you? Really
George October 29, 2012 at 03:25 PM
This screwed up Town Hall bid should be debated by Republican and Democrats. Rob Scott, get on your horse and get a debate going.
Rob Scott (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 03:30 PM
George, Believe me, I tried.
Ed Nice October 29, 2012 at 03:53 PM
oh yea George I'm the dumb one when you don't even know how the law works and you come on here name call and attack...LOL! you would be saying the same stupid thing no matter who the low bidder was but that's the way the law works.....don't like it fix it. Hey Rob help out the guy will ya he obviously is clueless. I will say I think its pretty weak that the Reps won't respond or debate even if the Dems don't know what they are talking about.
Porky October 29, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Agree - can't understand most of it, but the questions are weak, so the answers don't matter much. How about the Patch ask some new questions, instead of the same old stuff, like what are the real issues affecting main street development that they could change. How will they pay for those changes? What, specifically, is wrong with the town's finances and how will they fix them? If they're cutting expenses, where? Aren't there a ton of new jobs are already coming to town? What will they do beyond that? What qualifies them for this leadership position? Wake me when it's over.....
Sandy October 29, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Did you see this video? That show by the democrats don't look like people I'd vote for. Sheesh! This was a reason I'm voting for the republicans for town council.
Ed Nice October 29, 2012 at 04:14 PM
yeah porky both tickets seem to be riding the coattails of what the current council has done after they got handed a pile of crap from the last council and want to take credit. Both say they will cut but no specifics but the truth is they have all this liquor money and taxes to work with. Things are not perfect but we are lucky we have so much good stuff happening around with the mall and virtua and that project on main that just started
Rob Scott (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Porky, I ran an article about a month ago asking readers to send me questions they wanted me to ask the candidates. Frankly, I didn't get much of a response, and I don't recall you responding to my call-out for questions. Sorry if you don't like the ones I went with, but these are important issues in town and up till now, I don't think the candidates have been given a chance to answer them in as much detail as these videos provide.
Lindsay Garber October 29, 2012 at 04:52 PM
The video quality is horrible. Couldnt even get through this garbage.
Dave H. October 29, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Spend spend spend and more government is all I heard here. Their ideas won't create accessibility, it will just cause more layers of red tape and government. The Republicans have a much better plan they put out here: gnp2012.com/garwood-napolitano-and-palko-unveil-constituent-relatoons-pledge/
Nancy Blair October 29, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Lindsay is right, this video is awful! Patch should have found a better location with better sound and lighting. Make it better next time, this is painful to watch.
Rob Scott (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Thank you, Lindsay and Nancy, for your blunt critiques of the video. However, considering that I can't find any record online of anyone by those names living in Moorestown, and given the fact that you created your profiles earlier today, and since it looks like (based on the emails you provided) the accounts are fake, I'm gonna take those criticisms with a grain of salt.
Sandy October 29, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Ron tried to get it to work, give him a break! I did struggle to listen through it. But after further review, after hearing what they said I'm convinced to vote republican.
Joe Johnson October 29, 2012 at 06:01 PM
The videos aren't great, but Im sure Rob did his best with the budget he was given. The real problem here is the Democrats and their answers. They are still pushing ideas to expand government when our tax bills are suffocating us. They are all good men but they are not right for this town. I hope somewhere in their next few videos they discuss taxes - I can't believe that wasn't on the question list above! Hope that's a mistake.
Sandy October 29, 2012 at 06:01 PM
You're right I could have seen therepublicans tonight, perhaps Friday at csndlighy night?
Ed Nice October 29, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Rob what are you saying that the IP addresses are the same for Lindsay and Nancy? Are you going to start to call people out for posting under multiple names now? Are you saying someone is afraid to give their real names because they are just playing political games under fake names??? No not on the Patch!
HomeBrew October 29, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Riding out the hurricane has given me time to consider what a meeting between three small-town council candidates and their high-powered campaign consultant would be like. Maybe something like this: SCENE: A huge, wood-paneled conference room. The three CANDIDATES sit at a long mahogany table, looking tiny and sheepish. A signed photo of Karl Rove adorns one wall, with the inscription, "Hit low ... then hit even lower. Best Wishes, Karl." Two stuffed jackalope heads flank the photo, with a plaque declaring, "Bagged by the Hon. Dick Cheney." ENTER CONSULTANT dressed in a tailored suit, sans tie, tasseled loafers, carrying only a Starbucks latte. (cont.)
Observer October 29, 2012 at 06:24 PM
And I hear that there are even some who use other people's pass words! What do you know?!
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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