Estrada Debate Response
Manitowoc candidate forum: Democrat Jennifer Estrada responds to Republican Paul Tittl
Jennifer Estrada, For USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin Published 5:40 a.m. CT Oct. 16, 2018
The letter by Paul Tittl ("Tittl: League of Women Voters forum favors Dems," Oct. 13 Herald Times Reporter) regarding debates has left me even more frustrated with our current elected representative. It saddens me that Mr. Tittl feels the need to attack the League of Women Voters on their debate process. I have attended many of their debates, and they provide a non-partisan and necessary service to our community.
As for attacking League members for donating to candidates of their choice, I find that very disheartening. League members, as well as all citizens, should have the right to engage and support the candidate of their choice.
It is my understanding that Mr. Tittl has participated in League-sponsored discussions regarding mental health issues affecting our community, so the recent attack on the League is very unfounded and should not go unnoticed.
Mr. Tittl also mentions not wanting to debate without the presence of media; my question is, why is his focus not on his constituents? He is a paid public servant — our tax dollars pay his salary, and he owes us a chance to voice our concerns. It is because of his constituents that he holds this position. A debate should not depend on the media. It is not a time to push his agenda, it is a time to answer the questions and concerns of the very people who elected him to office.
Now, to address his claims against me for refusing a debate offered by Seehafer Broadcasting, Mr. Tittl failed to mention that the Democratic Party would have to pay $250, as well as the Republican Party, to defray the cost of airtime for a 40-minute slot at a time predetermined by them. Although I respect Seehafer Broadcasting for trying to make these accommodations, I do not believe this particular debate would be non-partisan or offer enough input from the voters of our district.
Mr. Tittl should be less concerned about what works best for him and more inclined to show up for his constituents. I feel no need to hide from voters, and am more than willing to be in a public forum answering questions from the people I hope to someday serve.
The time for non-transparent government is over, no more excuses. We, as voters, need to hold our elected officials accountable.
Jennifer Estrada is the Democratic candidate for Wisconsin Assembly District 25.