By Jill Terreri
The primary results aren't even 12 hours old, but Republican Sergio Rodriguez said unequivocally in a statement this morning that he wants to debate before the general election.
"It is irresponsible for the mayor to deny the people of Buffalo an opportunity to hear about what each candidate plans on doing to address the issues that matter most to the residents of Buffalo.
"Considering that Buffalo is currently facing challenges of epidemic proportions in the areas of education, crime, unemployment, poverty and population decline; the mayor should jump at the opportunity to present the people with his ideas to reform Buffalo.
"Over the next few weeks I will invite the public and the mayor to have a series of discussions in a town hall style setting. The people of Buffalo will have an opportunity to have their issues heard and hear from the candidates about what they intend to do to address them going forward.
"A 30-second TV spot removed from any scrutiny or challenge is not the way to get your message across. The people of Buffalo deserve better. They deserve to hear from each candidate and their respective platforms, and then make an informed decision. Let's debate."
Mayor Byron Brown, who won last night's Democratic primary with 68 percent of the vote, said last night that he "gave" Rodriguez three debates already, and he did not commit to any more. "We are focused on the work that needs to be done in this city now," he said.
Columnist Donn Esmonde says "a sand castle has a better chance in a tsunami" than Rodriguez has against Brown, but says the challenger will keep this race interesting.
In other headlines this morning, the County Legislature primaries might include a major upset, as Barbara Miller-Williams was leading incumbent Tim Hogues by 20 votes, though more than 400 are still to be counted. In a close contest for sheriff, Richard Dobson was leading Bert Dunn.
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