EDISON—On Friday, Oct. 3, The Wardlaw-Hartridge School hosted a forum on the upcoming presidential election. Edison Mayor Jun H. Choi, a Democrat, and Assemblyman Jon Bramnick (R-Union County) addressed the Upper School students and parents.
Choi focused on the campaign of Senator Barack Obama and the Democratic party, while Bramnick focused on the campaign of Senator John McCain and the Republican party. Both politicians also addressed the role of local politics in national issues. The forum was moderated by Andrew Webster, head of school.
The Upper School student body, which vastly supports the election of Obama, listened to Choi and Bramnick describe the reasons why they support their particular candidate. They questioned the mayor and assemblyman about how much experience McCain truly holds and whether or not Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin is the most sound choice for vice president.
Other students addressed concerns over the government’s bailout during the nation’s fiscal crisis and posed questions about each candidate’s tax policies. International relations and the involvement of the United States in the Iraq war were also addressed by the assemblyman and mayor during the forum.
Reporters from The Beacon, the school newspaper, had the opportunity to ask the assemblyman and mayor questions for their newspaper articles and columns.