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Debate attendance affirms interest in mayoral race

SGA President Patrick C. Ferguson (left) welcomes the audience and introduces the candidates: Slaughter (center) and Beiter.
SGA President Patrick C. Ferguson (left) welcomes the audience and introduces the candidates: Slaughter (center) and Beiter.
Miller asks a question of the two hopefuls ...
Miller asks a question of the two hopefuls …
... Slaughter, a math teacher and city councilman ...
… Slaughter, a math teacher and city councilman …
... and Beiter, a businessman
… and Beiter, a businessman
An impressive crowd, on the floor and in the balcony, takes seriously its role in the elective process.
An impressive crowd, on the floor and in the balcony, takes seriously its role in the elective process.

An engaged audience of Penn College students, employees and community members crowded into the Klump Academic Center Auditorium for Tuesday’s debate between the two candidates in Williamsport’s mayoral race, sponsored by Penn College’s Student Government Association. In a 90-minute exchange moderated by Craig A. Miller, associate professor of history/political science, Republican Eric Beiter and Democrat Derek Slaughter discussed a variety of relevant issues and answered incisive questions from Miller and attendees alike. The event, which fittingly coincided with the college’s Constitution Week observance, is recounted on the front page of Wednesday’s Williamsport Sun-Gazette and in a FOX56 news report.

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