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Odessa Tea Party questions Richter, Marcellus

 

ODESSA—The Odessa Tea Party hosted two more candidates, George Richter and Paul Marcellus, Wednesday, Aug. 18.
Both Richter and Marcellus are two of the republican candidates running for the 137th state assembly district.  About 30 people were in attendance for the meeting. Each candidate was given time for an introduction, and then answered questions.
When asked about term limits, Richter said he agreed absolutely.  He said it seems to work fine for elected positions like state governor.  Marcellus said that with two-year terms, people get to vote on assembly members often.  He added that if a representative was doing a good job, he’d think people would want that person to stay elected.  However, Marcellus said that positions like assembly leader should have limits.
Both agreed in supporting people’s rights to bear arms.  Marcellus added he believes licensing is needed.  Richter said that the permitting process is too long.  He explained that from once getting a speeding ticket, it took seven months for him to get a pistol permit.
Richter and Marcellus both agreed on other controversial topics.  Both said the definition of marriage is between a man and a woman.  Both were against abortion. 
The candidates were also asked about work being done to bring jobs into the area.  Richter said it can be done, through programs like the former Empire Zone.  He added that it helps the state be competitive, but it needs strong oversight so it’s not abused.  Marcellus said that is a double-edged sword.  He added the former Empire Zone has shown some success in the area.
One of the last audience member asked questions was, “How do we turn this into a Christian nation?”  Marcellus said through studying the Scriptures, and prayer.  Richter added this is increasingly becoming a country where you can’t say “Christmas” or go to a school concert and hear religious music.
The Odessa Tea Party will be holding a tea party rally, Saturday, Oct. 2 at the Watkins Glen Community Center in Clute Park.  It will run from noon to 4 p.m., and serve as an opportunity for Tea Party members and like-minded people to gather.

 

 


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