By Tim Enloe
Council Candidates Tina D'Aversa, Al Trevillyan, and Bernard Wolff have declined the opportunity to participate in Wednesday night's Milton Municipal Debate sponsored by Beacon Media.
Citing scheduling conflicts and short notice, the event is to be held at Atlanta National Golf Club with a cocktail reception kicking off at 6pm and the debate running from 7:15pm to 9:30pm.
District 3 Candidate Al Trevillyan relayed that time was his issue, "I have a very busy schedule and I have a commitment to the citizens of Milton every night this week, which I intend to honor. Therefore, I had to respectfully decline the invitation."
Tina D'Aversa, candidate for the District 5 seat, shared the following, "I received an invitation via email on 10/22/09...a mere six days days before the Milton Municipal debate was to occur. I have had two events scheduled for Wednesday for the past two weeks. If I had been given a proper notice, I would have been more than happy to participate. "
District 1 Challenger Bernard Wolff supported the stances relayed above, “I have previously scheduled activities up to the Election. I cannot in good conscience cancel a firmly scheduled meeting with a segment of voters who are anxious to hear what I plan to do when elected.”
Accessmilton.com, along with other local Milton businesses and volunteers, did sponsor the first Milton Peoples Forum earlier this month. At that time, constituents were given the opportunity to speak with and listen to the candidates share their opinions on various issues affecting the city.
In the final week of the '09 campaign season, all pledged their desire to reach out to more of the citizenry and run on the platforms that they have promoted to date.