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Elections 2012: What Do You Want to Ask Candidates Critz and Rothfus?

Patch is joining The Chamber of Commerce Inc. for a Meet the Candidates breakfast featuring the Democratic and GOP nominees for the 12th Congressional District seat—and we’re taking your questions!

Do you have a burning business-related question for Rep. Mark Critz and Keith Rothfus, the candidates running to represent the new 12th District in the U.S. House of Representatives? Here's your opportunity next week.

Critz, the incumbent Democrat from Johnstown, Cambria County, and Republican challenger Rothfus, of Edgeworth, are scheduled to take part in a Meet the Candidates breakfast forum sponsored by The Chamber of Commerce Inc. The event begins at 8 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 at The Chadwick in Wexford.

Each candidate will be given time to answer questions and to speak on topics related to business growth, job creation and economic development. They will not be discussing social issues.

In addition to questions submitted by the event’s partnering organizations, the candidates will take questions submitted by audience members.

Here’s where you come in.

Patch will be attending the forum—and we want to take your questions with us.

Leave your business questions in the comment section below this article and we’ll ask them at the event. As part of our comprehensive election coverage, Patch also will be blogging live from the forum, giving readers an opportunity to pose questions through the blog and to obtain answers in real time.

We invite you to share your thoughts on the event by posting in the comments section below and by joining our live blog.

If you’re heading to the forum, check in for registration, which begins at 7:30 a.m. A light continental breakfast also will be served.

The event is open to the public. The cost is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for non-Chamber members. For more information, call 724-934-9700 or visit The Chamber website by clicking here.

What questions would you like to ask the candidates? Leave your business or economic development-related questions in the comment section below.

And don't forget to join our live blog Thursday morning. See you then.

John Linko October 06, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Mr. Rothfus has quietly relocated to Sewickley, as Edgeworth (along with Leet Township and Leetsdale) became part of Rep. Tim Murphy's 18th District as part of redistricting. Kinda helps if you live in the district you're running in.. As far as a question, here goes: The new 12th district is a gerrymander comprised of active, growing urban and suburban areas, post-industrial communities trying to re-invent themselves, and pristine rural regions such as the Laurel Highlands. All these segments of the district want to maintain and increase their vitality, while maintaining their unique character and quality of life. How are each of you prepared to adequately represent these diverse areas and their unique interests, especially in the wake of Marcellus Shale drilling and the proposed ethane cracker plant in Beaver County, which represent both an opportunity and a threat to many consituents?
Mike October 06, 2012 at 05:05 PM
A big problem to me is grid lock in Congress. Mr. Rothfus, what will you do to reduce grid lock? I am concerned that you will make the problem worse if you are sent to congress based on your campaign rhetoric. Also, please give an example of a Republican policy you would be against, because it is something you have found the people of our district oppose.
Mike October 06, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Rothfus worked in the George W. Bush administration. I guess that doesn't count. I have met both Mark Critz and Keith Rothfus. While I may not agree with some of Mark Crtiz's positions, he is more of a "Regular Guy" than Keith Rothfus could ever hope to be. Crtiz really is the next door neighbor that hangs out with you on the back porch having a beer while your kids play together in the back yard. I am not sure what kind of Congressman that makes him, but he clearly cares more about what is going on in Western PA, than in playing political games in Washington even if it pisses off some Democrats. My concern about Rothfus is that he is more concerned with playing political games in Washington than he is with the issues facing the people he would like to represent. That is the point of the question I posted previously.
Jessica Sinichak October 07, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Please stick to our user terms of service. I just had to delete a comment because of profanity.
Art Wegweiser October 08, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Keith, I received 3 of your slick ads in the mail. The last mentioned your name 7 times and again reiterated that you are a "Regular Guy". Might you explain what that means? Perhaps say a little more about your background, your education, what you have been doing, and some specifics beyond vague generalities of where you stand on important matters? And what happened to the early ad that claimed one of your qualifications to represent me in the Congress was never having held public office. ?
Tom Edward October 10, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Congressman Critz and Mr. Rothfus, food safety is a major concern for many families. In the past few years more and more genetically engineered foods have been introduced. Would you support clear labeling of genetically engineered food so that consumers have the right to choose if they wish to purchase them or not? Thank you.

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