August 30, 2010
The Honorable Donald F. Munson
28 Church Street
Hagerstown MD, 21740
Dear Senator Munson-
I was concerned to learn of your refusal to participate in a debate of the issues important to the citizens of Washington County. I am writing to ask that you reconsider your position.
As I have said from the beginning of this campaign, I respect your service to the people. I know that you believe as I do that service in the General Assembly is an honor that must be earned.
We both want to represent Washington County in the State Senate for the next four years. We both have very different voting records and very different philosophies of the role of government. We have a duty and obligation to talk to the citizens about how we would represent them.
The citizens of Washington County need to hear directly from both of us. They need to hear our explanation of our past votes and positions, as well as what we will do about the pressing problems like high taxes, overspending, and the 10% rate of unemployment in our county.
This campaign is not about one individual – it is not about you or me. This campaign is about the citizens of Washington County and the type of representation they want in Annapolis. We owe them an honest exchange of ideas – unfiltered by media or any other entity. They deserve an opportunity to ask questions directly of us and hold us accountable for our past actions and votes.
A government accountable to the people is what our founding fathers envisioned all those years ago. Thomas Jefferson himself once said “educate and inform the whole mass of the people…they are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty”.
I sincerely believe that a debate would be the best way to discuss the issues with the citizens of Washington County. Let us appear before the citizens and have a free and unfiltered discussion of the issues of the day.
You and I spend a lot of time campaigning for this seat; I think it would be a tremendous investment of that time to offer our constituents with this opportunity to question us. As you know, since the proposal was made, several individuals and entities have stepped forward and agreed to host and/or moderate a debate if you would agree to it. I would be happy to meet any time to discuss the best way to facilitate this exchange of ideas. I look forward to hearing from you.
Christopher B. Shank