MOORESTOWN, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — As Election Day nears, voters in a Burlington County community will get a chance to hear candidates vying for several town council seats. In today's political climate, this event is more of a discussion and not a debate.
"We think it's very important for voters to get to know their local candidates,” explained Karen Reiner of MooreUnity, a bipartisan community group hosting a Moorestown Town Council candidate forum.
Three Democratic candidates (Dave Zipin, Sue Mammarella and Jake Van Dyken) and three Republican candidates (Barbara Omert, Doug Maute and Vick Bobadilla) are hoping to fill three vacant seats on the panel.
"I think it's really important for voters to hear the candidates’ vision for Moorestown directly from them,” said Moorestown Democrats Campaign Chairman Ryan Vander Wielan.
The candidates are responding to questions submitted in advance by voters, all designed to create an atmosphere of discussion instead of debate.
"All the important issues that impact the quality of life in our town are on the ballot and their vote and how they vote can set the course for Moorestown for the next four years,” said chairman of the Moorestown Republican Municipal Committee Vinny Napolitano.
MooreUnity believes the forum will lead to discussions and perspectives for residents, and both Vander Wielen and Napolitano agree.
"I hope (the voters) take real stock of the qualifications of the candidates,” said Vander Wielen.
The forum takes place Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. on the Evergreen Lawn of the Perkins Center for the Arts, and will also be streamed on MooreUnity’s Facebook page.