Janet Oleszek, John Cook Announce Six Debates in October

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    Kudos to both Tea Party Republican John Cook and Democrat Janet Oleszek for agreeing to hold this series of debates (see press release below). I only wish that this would be the norm, not the exception, in all Virginia races. The fact is, debates draw crowds – witness the substantial attendance at the first two Braddock District Supervisor debates – and also media attention. Debates also allow people to compare candidates’ positions, styles, etc. side by side, and also to participate by asking questions, which is exactly the way it should be. I look forward to attending more of these debates, and to reporting back from them. Now, if we could get more incumbent Republicans to debate their Democratic opponents, perhaps people would see them for who they really are, beyond the feel-good spin that we see in their consultant-tested mailings.

    BRADDOCK DISTRICT CANDIDATES ANNOUNCE SIX OCTOBER DEBATES

    Ten Total Debates Believed To Be District Level Record

    Today the campaigns of Supervisor John Cook and Janet Oleszek jointly announced the six October debates in a series of 10 debates between the candidates for the Braddock District Supervisor seat.  The number of debates is believed to be a record in any Fairfax County magisterial district.  The campaigns are discussing two debates for the first week of November which would bring the total number to 10 debates. The details for the November debates will be released as soon as they are set.

    The first two debates in September had excellent attendance showing the large community interest in this election.

    “The debates so far have shown that the public is interested, and the candidates are offering different perspectives for the public’s consideration,” Supervisor John Cook remarked.  “I am pleased we have been able to work together with the Oleszek team to get these debates set.”

    “These debates are a great opportunity for the community to come together and hear from their candidates”, Janet Oleszek said.  “Our first two debates got excellent feedback from those who attended, and I hope to see even more participation in these next eight debates”.  Janet also noted that she “appreciates the cooperative way Supervisor Cook has worked with our campaign to work out the schedule and rules of these debates”.

    DETAILS ON THE SIX OCTOBER DEBATES

    October 5th, 7:30 P.M.

    North Springfield Elem, School, 7602 Heming Ct, Springfield

    Hosted by North Springfield Civic Association

    90 minute debate, featuring all candidates running on the ballot in the North Springfield precincts this year.  Also invited to participate are candidates for the Virginia Senate, House of Delegates, School Board and County Board Chairman.  Exact format including length of answers, and questions TBD by hosts.

    October 10th, 7:00 P.M.

    Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 9350 Braddock Road, Fairfax

    Hosted by Good Shepherd Episcopal Church

    Moderator:  David Jones

    90 minute debate, featuring 3 minute opening and closing statements, and questions from the audience (through cards passed to moderator) where each candidate will have 90 seconds to answer.  Each candidate will also have up to two rebuttal opportunities for up to 60 seconds each.  

    October 13th, 7:30 P.M.

    Bonnie Brae Elem. School, 5420 Sideburn Road, Fairfax

    Hosted by Bonnie Brae Civic Association

    Moderator:  None

    90 minute debate, featuring each candidate for 30 minute blocks of time.  Each candidate can use their 30 minutes in any manner of their choosing between opening/closing statements and questions from the audience.  Order of speaking will be determined in advance.  

    October 15th, 7:30 P.M.

    Springfield District Government Center, 6140 Rolling Road, Springfield

    Hosted by Cook and Oleszek Campaigns

    Moderator:  To Be Determined

    60 minute debate, featuring 3 minute opening and closing statements, and questions from the audience (through cards passed to moderator) where each candidate will have 90 seconds to answer.  Each candidate will also have up to two rebuttal opportunities for up to 60 seconds each.  

    October 19th, 6:30 P.M.

    Robinson Secondary School, 5035 Sideburn Road, Fairfax

    Hosted by:  Robinson PTSA

    90 minute debate, featuring all candidates running on the ballot in the Robinson Secondary precincts this year.  Also invited to participate are candidates for the Virginia Senate, House of Delegates, School Board and County Board Chairman.  Exact format including length of answers, and questions TBD by hosts.

    October 27th, 7:30 P.M.

    Ravensworth Elem. School, 5411 Nutting Drive, Springfield

    Hosted by Ravensworth Civic Association

    Moderator:  Jim Hickey

    60 minute debate, featuring 3 minute opening and closing statements, and questions from the audience (through cards passed to moderator) where each candidate will have 90 seconds to answer.  Each candidate will also have up to two rebuttal opportunities for up to 60 seconds each.  

    Independent candidate Carey Campbell will be invited to participate in these debates.

    • In one month voters will go to the polls to select the next Braddock District Supervisor.  For almost 40 years, Democrats controlled this position with Audrey Moore and Sharon Bulova, but in 2009 when Sharon was elected Chairman of the Board, Republican John Cook took this seat.

      Can you help me take this seat back with a contribution of $500, $250, or $100 today?

      Throughout the 30 months since his election, John Cook has been an obstructionist, voting repeatedly against Chairman Bulova and against the values of Braddock District residents.  John has voted against the last two budgets prepared by Chairman Bulova and has been a voice against investments in our public schools, against equipment needed by our first responders and against protecting the tiny amounts of open space we still have in Fairfax County.

      This is why Governor Kaine is coming to support me — he wants Cook out!

      John’s adversarial position towards Chairman Bulova has earned him the support of Eric Cantor, who has personally donated $3000 so far to John Cook’s campaign.  Eric Cantor and Ken Cuccinelli have put John Cook on the Republican fast track for higher office, but their values don’t reflect our values or the values of the Braddock District.

      Fairfax County is a great place to live, and as Supervisor I will give 110% every day to help maintain and improve our quality of life.  Can you send $110 or any amount you can afford today to help me stop John Cook now?

      Cheers,

      Janet Oleszek

    • Will Radle

      I am glad to see the commitment in Braddock.  It is proper that the three candidates debate as often as feasible.

      During the last debate Janet said, “Sharon Bulova needs an advocate, not an adversary.”  Obviously, Janet’s focus is wrong on that point.  The people of Braddock need two advocates. I am one.

      Sharon needs retirement.  The deterioration that Janet complains about in Braddock has happened while my opponent was chairman.

      Now, I only wish the cowards running in my contest could match your community spirit.  So far, there has been no discussion of a debate that includes me.  I am thankful for the opportunities that come.

    • jsrutstein

      I hope the public employee pension fund issue continues to be debated.  These are Cook’s words: “with retirees living longer some adjustment in the funding mechanism is likely needed. ”  While all retirees are living longer, the gap between rich and poor retirees is growing.  Life expectancy at age 65 grew only 1 year for poorer retirees, while it grew 5 years for richer retirees.  Meantime, what does Cook mean by an “adjustment in the funding mechanism?”  Does he intend to carry out the wishes of the Koch brothers and call for public employees to pay more into the system?  Is Cook’s goal to erode government to the point where our public services will be privatized?  Does he feel this way about roads?  Public schools?