OSWEGO – Amy Tresidder, the Democratic candidate for mayor of Oswego, is eager to debate her Republican opponent.
Tresidder, currently a county legislator and a city resident for more than 30 years, said today (Aug. 19) that she’s challenged 24-year-old city councilman Billy Barlow to a moderated debate to be held in September.
Barlow’s response was, “anywhere, anytime.”
Calling public debate a critical part of the democratic process, Tresidder said voters deserve to see the city’s issues discussed by the candidates:
“Everyone knows the challenges Oswego faces. Merely complaining about snow removal and crime and taxes isn’t enough to get elected. The voters will choose a mayor who is prepared to implement solutions and this debate will give them a chance to see which candidate that is.”
He expressed excitement today in establishing and participating in a moderated public debate.
“I’ve spent my summer knocking on doors and talking to the residents of this community and I look forward to explaining in detail how I intend to address their problems,” Barlow told Oswego County Today. “I hope we can have a respectful, intelligent debate as I feel I offer a clear vision for our city and I’m open to debate anywhere, anytime.”
Interest in the debate is expected to be high, with the election headed to an historic outcome.
If elected, councilman Barlow would be the city’s youngest-ever mayor. A victory for legislator Tresidder would make her the first female mayor in Oswego’s history.
The mayoral election will take place on November 3, where voters will have a chance to decide between Barlow, Tresidder and current Mayor Thomas Gillen.
“I look forward to debating Legislator Tressider and Mayor Gillen and I’m happy to help our local media organize a debate,” Barlow said.