Weeks renews call on Wheeler to debate

Nashua, NH - With less than three months to go until Election Day November 8th, Democratic candidate for Executive Council and good-government reformer Dan Weeks issued another call on incumbent Councilor Dave Wheeler to commit to a series of fall debates across District 5.

In a letter Weeks delivered to Wheeler at the August 3rd meeting of the Governor and Council in Nashua, Weeks formally requested Wheeler “work with me on arranging for a series of debates… to provide direct and substantive access to our positions on the issues to voters.” Wheeler has yet to reply to the letter. 

“More than a week has passed since I handed my opponent a letter respectfully requesting he join with me in planning five or more debates,” Weeks said. “I believe that anyone who seeks the people’s trust owes it to the voters to stand up in public, answer tough questions, and defend his positions alongside his opponent. As a 15-year advocate for transparent and accountable governance, I am ready to do my part by addressing the voters directly – not through speeches and soundbites at a forum but in a real debate. I’m counting on Councilor Wheeler to join me in this most basic democratic act.”

The call for debates is not the first time Wheeler has refused to return letters or calls from Weeks, a longtime District 5 resident, or other constituents. Since entering the race in March, Weeks has called upon Wheeler to address questions and concerns from constituents over commuter rail, alternative energy, women’s health contracts, and racist and xenophobic statements made by Donald Trump after Wheeler was the senior-most elected official to attend the Republican presidential nominee’s June address in New Hampshire. All Weeks’ requests to-date have gone unanswered.

“While I don’t always expect a politician to answer questions from his opponent in an election, there is simply no excuse for an elected representative to systematically ignore his constituents’ pleas,” Weeks said. “As I visit the District’s 33 towns meeting voters and hearing their concerns, I am repeatedly told by ordinary citizens that Wheeler never returned their calls. That is unacceptable.”

Weeks concluded, “I seriously doubt that my opponent has no opinion on the matters voters raise, but voters have a right to know where he stands. That’s why debates are so important. I am ready and waiting to work with my opponent on finding dates and nonpartisan venues throughout District 5 where we can respectfully debate the issues facing our great state.”