Three men are hoping they will be the next congressman for the state’s newly created 16th Congressional District.
On Monday Night, each candidate had a chance to answer the public’s questions and concerns at Allegheny College. One of the issues that’s been getting lots of attention is the lack of public town hall meetings. “If you’re not willing to meet with your constituents face to face and listen to what they have to say and to explain your positions, you’re not going to be able to represent them adequately,” said Chris Rieger. Rieger is an attorney based out of south Pittsburgh. Dr. Robert Multari is a physician who is also running. “And you have to be able to address the problems that are going on in that particular community at the time,” said Dr. Multari. Ron DiNicola is a candidate as well and he is an attorney in Erie. “It’s important to meet all of the people in the very large district,” said DiNicola. “700,00 citizens in this district, Crawford County is an important part of the district.”
If any of these candidates win, they will be representing the 16th district which covers Crawford, Erie, Lawrence, Mercer and parts of Butler County. All three candidates say they have different issues they will tackle if they win office. They do stand on common ground when it comes to certain issues like healthcare and public town hall forums. This town hall was put on by the Meadville tribune and Allegheny College for political participation.