Don't Count on a Committee Debate Tonight

Hours before a scheduled debate, Committeewoman Denice DiCarlo and her GOP opponent Jeff Hansen are still at odds.

After what seemed like a good start, a township committee debate now looks like a long shot for tonight.

After discussing changes to last year’s forum and making alterations, both Committeewoman Denice DiCarlo (D) and Jeff Hansen (R) could not agree upon a moderator for the debate. Discussions via email continued all throughout yesterday, resulting in a lengthy back-and-forth, but no resolution.

“There’s a reason I wanted attorneys involved,” DiCarlo said.

After Thursday’s township committee meeting, DiCarlo said she notified Township Administrator Eric Campo that the debate would not be held and, at this point, had no intention of being present at RiverWinds on Friday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m.—the originally appointed date of the debate. DiCarlo said it was far “too late in the game” to maintain ongoing discussions with no resolution.

Hansen, on the other hand, is still waiting to hear an absolute cancellation from DiCarlo. He said if he does not hear back from DiCarlo before the debate, he will show up with Patrick Vilary, his choice of a moderator.

“I want to do this, I’m going to be there,” Hansen said.

One of the final sticking points on the debate agreement was the moderator choice. Hansen wanted Vilary, a teacher at West Deptford High School, while DiCarlo wanted Tim Zatzariny Jr., Patch's regional editor. Two days before the scheduled debate, when things started to crumble in earnest, both candidates held firm to their moderator choice.

On Wednesday, Oct. 31 DiCarlo sent out a press release expressing her disappointment in Hansen for not agreeing to debate under the same terms as 2011's debate. In response, Hansen explained he never said he did not want to debate DiCarlo, and cited her failure to cooperate as reasoning for the stalemate. 

While debate efforts began in August, the two candidates didn’t meet until the beginning of October to discuss the event. The candidates had agreed on certain points, including the location, forgoing rebuttals and decreasing audience questions to six.

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Occupant November 02, 2012 at 10:36 PM
I don't need a debate. I know who I am voting for already. It's not the candidate who keeps pounding their chest on being a professional, not the candidate who is a party hack with delusions of grandeur. Not the candidate who obeys their Puppet Master. I am voting for the candidate who is a decent and honest person... a resident who is looking out for the good of West Deptford. That person is: J E F F H A N S O N ***** J E F F H A N S O N ***** J E F F H A N S O N J E F F H A N S O N ***** J E F F H A N S O N ***** J E F F H A N S O N J E F F H A N S O N ***** J E F F H A N S O N ***** J E F F H A N S O N J E F F H A N S O N ***** J E F F H A N S O N ***** J E F F H A N S O N
Wayne Klotz November 03, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Daisy duke; you are a joker and a half! Please get your stories right. You and the republicans are running scared. Just admit it and you will be mind free!
Duchess November 03, 2012 at 01:08 AM
So Denise where were you????? Jeff Hansen was at the debate tonight, where were you???? We had D's and R's there waiting for you. You have again let us down, you are totally unreliable. The Gloucester County Times were there to report and were quite confused as to why you didn't show up. Afraid that more of your lies were going to be exposed maybe?
katie henderson November 03, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Few & Proud November 03, 2012 at 11:43 AM
I went to Riverwinds to listen to a debate. Hansen with the moderator showed up and answered questions from the audience of a number of people. Committewoman DiCarlo did not show up. A reporter from Times was present. Where was the Patch? See Photo.


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