FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 9th, 2020
CONTACT: Brianna Coyle
AKSHAR AVOIDS DEBATE IN SENATE DISTRICT 52
cc: Broome-Tioga League of Women Voters
Broome County Republican Committee, Chenango County Republican Committee, Delaware County Republican Committee, Tioga County Republican Committee
(Binghamton, NY) Thomas Daniel Quiter, Libertarian State Senate candidate in New York’s 52nd district, has challenged three-term incumbent Republican Senator Fred Akshar to a debate ahead of the upcoming general election scheduled for November 3rd. The 52nd Senate District spans Broome, Chenango, Delaware and Tioga Counties. Akshar has no challenger from the Democratic Party, and has declined multiple requests from constituents to hold a debate with his challenger.
“The residents of this district deserve to hear the positions of their elected officials, and the positions of their challengers – that’s how a strong democracy works. My opponent regularly seeks out photo ops with struggling community members, yet does nothing to address the actual issues which create those struggles or to restore strength and life to our once-thriving communities. We need action,” said Quiter, who is a lifelong resident of Chenango County, and lives with Osteogenesis Imperfecta type III, a severe brittle bone disease which caused doctors to predict, upon his birth, that he wouldn’t even live past a day.
Quiter has spent his entire life in a wheelchair and has suffered countless bone fractures, which have reduced in frequency and severity as he has found better treatments for his illness. He is a member of the New York Libertarian State Committee, serves as the Chair of the Chenango Libertarian Party, and is a Board Member of the Catskill Center for Independence. This is his first bid for public office, and he accredits his decision to run on the need for urgent action to revive his district.
“This district deserves a representative who will act to address the deep issues we face in our communities,” Quiter said in a statement, “not another ‘do-nothing’ politician.”
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