Sharon Brown, the appointed Republican 8th LD Senator, has refused to debate her opponent, Doug McKinley, at the League of Women Voters forum prior to the upcoming general election. This is not good news for those citizens who believe in a fair political process. It gives the appearance of needing to hide something negative. Campaign contributions? Writing discriminatory legislation? What?
Because she was appointed by a handful of “powerful” people, few in her district had any say in her ascension to the post. The appointment is troubling in that she finished third in the vote taken by Republican PCO’s (precinct officers) to fill the post; country commissioners (all Republicans) appointed her over the other two candidates. What do they know that the general party worker, much less the public, doesn’t? She should avail herself to the scrutiny of all the voters in her district in a real election campaign. She should show her constituents why she was chosen over the other candidates. It’s what we do in America.
Her failure to openly debate McKinley or appear in public forums should be a warning sign to the electorate. A candidate who fails to debate their opponent fails to fully represent their constituents. If she continues to refuse to debate, she should be voted out of office.