Every election cycle, the residents of Ramapo deserve to hear from the candidates running for office as to what their platform items are and what their vision is for Ramapo. To serve this need, the League of Women Voters, in connection with other not for profits* regularly hosts a Candidates Forum at the JCC in West Nyack the last Sunday in October. Their policy is "if one party does not attend, that [debate] is not held." Michael Specht has no respect for his constituents and obviously did not feel comfortable defending his record and decided he would not attend, thus denying me the opportunity to present my vision for Ramapo.
In 2017 even after including transparency as one of his campaign promises, Michael Specht accepted an invitation to the JCC Debate and then rudely cancelled on the event hosts with only 2 hours notice, denying Bill Weber the opportunity to debate him and more importantly, denying the public the opportunity to ask him questions.
This year he was invited again on October 1st and asked to RSVP by October 10th. He rudely did not RSVP and ultimately the event coordinator had to chase after him this week only to be told that he would not come. So again he is a no show denying me the opportunity to debate him and again denying the public the ability to question him.
I am truly disappointed to find out that Michael Specht is avoiding public debate. If Mike feels he has has done a good job and is a worthy leader, he should jump at the chance to defend his record, promote his accomplishments and give the public an opportunity to hear his vision for Ramapo’s future.
He still has not had the courtesy of RSVPing for the Spring Valley Kurz Center debate on October 28th. Let's see if he blows that one off as well. I will be there to answer your questions, so please come out to meet me there.
(*) AARP, American Association of University Women (AAUW), Children’s Advocacy Network, JCC, Jewish Federation & Foundation, League of Women Voters (LWV), National Council of Jewish Women, Retired Public Employees Association (RPEA), NY Statewide Senior Action Council and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. All co-sponsors are volunteer, nonpartisan organizations.