Betsy Rader challenges Rep. Joyce to debates

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
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Betsy Rader challenges Rep. Joyce to debates
Debate invitation letters sent to Joyce’s offices have gone unresponded to

Novelty, OH – On Wednesday, Betsy Rader publicly challenged Congressman David Joyce to join her for at least 3 debates, open to the public and local media. Two weeks ago, Rader sent a letter (below) to each of Congressman David Joyce’s offices, asking him to have public debates. Joyce has not responded to the debate invitation.

“I’m deeply disappointed by the lack of response from Congressman Joyce,” said Betsy Rader. “Folks in our district deserve to hear from their candidates, side-by-side, discussing the issues they care most about. I talk with Democrats, Independents, and Republicans alike who are frustrated that their Congressman refuses to hold public forums, and continues to dodge meetings with the people he’s supposed to be representing. That’s why it’s so important that he take me up on this opportunity to speak publicly with the people of District 14. If he’s going to continue to dodge his constituents, he shouldn’t be serving in Congress.”

Betsy Rader has made accessibility to voters a key component of her campaign. She joins voters in living rooms across the district almost every night and, in April, Rader took the Town Hall Pledge–a commitment to hold at least four public, in-person town halls each calendar year of her term in Congress. Rader has attended multiple town halls, including ones on the opioid crisis, rural issues, and school safety. On Monday, Rader hosted a town hall on healthcare affordability. Congressman David Joyce has come under scrutiny repeatedly from constituents for refusing to hold or attend a public town hall during his current term, and Town Hall Project has labeled Congressman Joyce as a “Missing Member.”


Betsy Rader’s Letter To Congressman David Joyce:

August 29, 2018

Dear Rep. David Joyce,

We used to live in the same township, and at one time we both worked for Geauga County, but last year when I joined fellow concerned constituents to talk with you about the upcoming health care votes, we were not able to meet with you or learn how you planned to vote on repealing the Affordable Care Act–which you had voted to dismantle dozens of times before. That experience contributed to my decision to run for Congress. Over the past year, I’ve had the opportunity to join thousands of voters from across our district in living rooms, town halls, backyards, and meetings to discuss what affects them most in their daily lives. It’s been an honor to hear about the hopes, dreams, and challenges that face the people of Northeast Ohio, and touching to see how much they appreciate the opportunity to be heard with respect.

Democrats, Independents, and Republicans may not always agree on every issue, but what brings them together is the desire to have a member of Congress who values them enough to show up, and who listens to them with respect. They want someone who speaks out for ordinary people and gives folks the chance to make their voices heard–that’s why, earlier this year, I took the town hall pledge. I know you’ve declined to hold or attend a public, in-person town hall, and I have to tell you that you’ve really missed out on the opportunity to meet some wonderful people who want a say in their government.

Throughout this campaign, I’ve been inspired by these people: the retiree who is going without his prescriptions because costs have skyrocketed; the widow and her daughter who have healthcare thanks to Medicaid; the farmer who’s concerned about the effects of tariffs; the student who walked to her Congressman’s office after school to talk about how to make her school safer, but was denied the chance to make her voice heard; the lifelong Republican voters who are concerned about what this administration is doing to our values and our international relations. People want you to hear their stories and stand up for them.

With just weeks remaining until Election Day, let’s give the voters of our district what we both know they deserve–open, public debates on the issues they care about most. So much is at stake in this campaign and voters need to have the opportunity to hear directly from the two of us, side by-side, discussing the policies that impact their lives.

Therefore, I’m inviting you to to join me for at least three debates, open to the public and local media.

I look forward to your response. Our team can be reached at XXX-XXX-XXXX.


Betsy Rader