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City’s final push for ballot issues ends with powerful debate

November 7, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Canfield City Council held a series of Town Hall meetings in the past few months, ending last week with a debate over the two ballot issues voters decided on in Tuesday's elections. The final meeting last week featured a different format, using two of Canfield High School's past speech and debate champs.

The meeting started with commentary by Mayor Richard Duffet and members of the audience who had questions or comments. The Mayor spoke on and for passage of the issues which would increase the term for city council from the present two years to four years, and the number of terms one could serve from three to four. Both issues were among the four recommendations made by the Charter Review Committee.

The attendance at the event was minimal (under 30), but the second half proved to be worthy of a huge crowd. Youngstown State University sophomore Carson Markley and YSU freshman Eva Lamberson were invited to come and debate the two issues.

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Former CHS students now attending YSU, college sophomore Carson Markley and college freshman Eva Lamberson, battled it out over the two Canfield ballot issues that voters decided on Tuesday.

Markley is a 2017 Canfield graduate who placed sixth at the state speech and debate championships in 2016 and seventh in 2017.

Lamberson is a 2018 Canfield graduate who placed 11th in national competition.

Markley opened the debate and spoke on keeping experience in office. He mentioned long-term projects and how state and Federal government works slow. He said under the two-year terms, a council person would just get up to speed and the term would be over.

"We need to keep the experience in government," Markley said. "We would lose John Morvay and Chuck Tieche with the present term limits."

On the other side, Lamberson said it was not hard to take a side. She said she is personally in favor of keeping the present term limits of two years for a max of three terms.

"Shorter term limits would make people work harder," she said. "Also, younger people would run for a two-year term as opposed to four."

She added that shorter terms would also serve as a check and balance to corruption.

Any judge would be hard-pressed to determine a winner from the debate. Both Markley and Lamberson made good points on each side of the issue, and both gave stellar performances in spite of the small attendance numbers.



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