Jewish Community Center hosts ‘Meet the Candidates’ night

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Candidates running for local and state government seats gathered Monday night at the Harrisburg Jewish Community Center.

Jane Buchwach says it was time well spent.

“I have always believed that you have to be an informed voter to make the right decision,” Buchwach said.

Some have said that the race for the White House has overshadowed other races. Monday night’s forum gave other candidates an opportunity to be heard.

“We should pay attention to that and elect the best possible person,” Buchwach added, “but at a local level, it’s every day of our life.”

Joshua Burkholder is running for office for the first time. His opponent is incumbent Congressman Scott Perry.

“I saw an opportunity,” Burkholder said. “Scott was running unopposed and for democracy sake you need a choice.”

Perry has the name recognition, but he takes nothing for granted.

“I am running for the position, and I have an opponent and he is running for the position,” he said. “I don’t see that I have an opponent and you have to go out and prove yourself.”

Burkholder says November is right around the corner and he will continue to pound the pavement.

“Especially working a 40-hour a week job, I am doing everything I can,” he said. “It’s around the clock, knocking on doors and phone calls.”

Perry says he will not take his foot off the pedal.

“I am going to go do my job in Washington, D.C. which is to go and vote,” he said. “And when I am not in Washington, D.C., I will be working right here at home like I am supposed to.”

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