Contact: Brian Kelly's Campaign
Date: March 18, 2015
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Will Wilkes-Barre City Hall Sponsor
Meet the Candidate Nights?
With 23 candidates running for City Offices, Mayoral Candidate Brian Kelly is asking for somebody to step up, provide a venue, and host Wilkes-Barre Candidate sessions. Kelly is still hoping Mayor Leighton gives the OK!
Kelly's idea is captured in the email he recently sent to Mayor Leighton:
I would like to formally request that you consider helping the public learn more about the five candidates running for the position of Mayor of Wilkes-Barre as well as the eighteen candidates running for City Council positions in the forthcoming primary elections of May 19, 2015.
"Since City Council work sessions are Tuesdays and regular sessions are Thursdays it may be possible that City Hall Council Chambers are available on Monday and Wednesday nights. This would be the perfect venue for a Mayor Leighton / Wilkes-Barre City sponsored series of Meet the Candidate nights. It would help the public become more informed about the candidates and it would help the candidates run campaigns that were more affordable.
"I urge you to consider this request, which gives no candidate an edge, but surely would help Wilkes-Barre residents in having the edge on making informed decisions on election day.
"I have taken the liberty of suggesting a timetable for these 'soapbox" events if you choose to approve this request.
"Candidate Mayor Mondays from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM. Each of five candidates receives 1/2 hour of time. Times rotate.
March 30; April 13; April 27; May 11; May 18
"Candidate Council Wednesdays from 6:00 PM to 10:30 PM. Each of eighteen candidates receives 15 minutes of time. Times rotate or can be selected by drawing.
"March 25; April 8; April 22; May 6; May 13
"Thank you very much for your consideration of this matter. It surely would be quite gracious of you to approve and support this notion for the citizens of Wilkes-Barre."
The Mayor checked if this were possible and found that "no politics can be conducted on government property." Kelly asked if it would be OK to use City Hall if all candidates--Democrat and Republican and both offices -- Council and the Office of Mayor were included. Kelly said: "the Mayor is still checking on that."
Kelly is hoping that in the event Wilkes-Barre City Hall cannot host this event that perhaps a downtown business such as a bank, a hotel, a theatre, a department store, a local college, or perhaps even one of our fine newspapers might host and coordinate this series and provide a suitable sized room. Surely this would help the citizens of Wilkes-Barre learn more about their candidates. After all, of the 23, six ill be holding important offices in Wilkes-Barre in 2016.
About Brian W. Kelly,:
Brian W. Kelly is a former IBM Senior Systems Engineer and Retired Professor of Business and Information Technology (BIT) at Marywood University in Scranton, PA. He was a candidate for US Congress from PA District 11 in 2010. Kelly is now a candidate running or Mayor in his home town of Wilkes-Barre PA. Brian still manages his own IT business (www.kellyconsulting.com). You can check out his campaign website at (www.briankellyformayor.com).