A local group hosted a Meet the Candidates evening at the Lebanon Farmers Market on Thursday night, giving the public a chance to hear from their potential representatives directly.

Organized by Lebanon Diversity Social, an impact initiative led by Rafael Torres, the event saw attendance by all Lebanon County Commissioner and Lebanon City Council candidates, as well as a number of other offices.

“The evening showed us that much can be accomplished when we put our differences aside and instead focus on making Lebanon a better place for everyone,” said Torres.

“We greatly appreciate the participation of all of the candidates and supporters who attended.”

“It was a great evening for voters to hear from the candidates,” said Cornell Wilson, who helped Lebanon Diversity Social organize the event.

LebTown photographer Will Trostel was there to capture the scene.

Candidates and community members gather prior to the event at the Lebanon Farmers Market.
City Council Rep. Cornell Wilson and Lebanon Diversity Social co-organizer Rafael Torres pose for a photo during the event.
Rafael Torres and Maribel Gonzalez, co-organizers of Lebanon Diversity Social.
Various business cards and flyers were available for guests.
County Commissioner Bob Phillips (R) is currently running for re-election.
County Commissioner Bill Ames (R) is also running for re-election.
And County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz (D) is the third incumbent running for re-election.
Fran Rassouli (D) is the fourth candidate on the ballot this fall for Lebanon County Commissioner.
Barb Smith (R), currently running for Prothonotary, speaks during the event.
Chris Miller (R), currently running for Lebanon City Council, speaks during the event.
Mike Anderson, Lebanon County Director of Elections, showcases new voting machines during the event to the public.
New voting machine.
New ballot counting machine.

Read Our Previous Election Systems Coverage…
Lebanon County meets state deadline to select new voting system (February 12)

New polling places for May 21 primary, last election before new voting machines (May 6)

Regardless of state funding, Lebanon County’s new voting machines will be ready for November (July 11)

County Commissioners approve USB backup drives for new voting machines (August 3)

Amy Keller (D), running for Lebanon City Council, records fellow candidates during the event.
Attendees picking up candidate info during the event.
After speeches, candidates were available to socialize with guests.
Recorder of Deeds candidate Dawn Blauch (R) chats with an attendee during the event.
County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz (D) chats with an attendee during the event.

Full Disclosure: The campaigns of Bill Ames, Bob Phillips, and Dawn Blauch have been advertisers on LebTown. LebTown does not make editorial decisions based on advertising relationships and advertisers do not receive special editorial treatment. Learn more about advertising with LebTown here.


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