By Bryan Hay
John Kincaid, Robert B. and Helen S. Meyner Professor of Government and Public Service, on Oct. 25 moderated the debate among the three candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives from the Lehigh Valley-based 7th congressional district.
Sponsored by Lehigh Valley League of Women Voters and held in the chapel at Gracedale Nursing Home in Upper Nazareth Township, the debate for the nationally watched contest attracted about 200 audience members and was covered by several media outlets.
There was so much audience participation in the debate among Democrat Susan Wild, Republican Marty Nothstein, and Libertarian Tim Silfies that Kincaid received more questions than he could handle in the time allotted. The league’s practice is to ask as many questions from the audience as possible. Audience members wrote questions on 3”x5” cards passed to Kincaid, who rejected inappropriate questions and then bundled questions into topics, such as healthcare, immigration, taxes, and climate change, to give the candidates a coherent flow of topical questions.