Liz Terwilliger, Libertarian candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from PA’s 12th District, and Noyes Lawton, Libertarian candidate for PA State Representative from District 68, met with residents at Clock Works Coffee in Westfield.
Discussion included topics of small businesses, difficulties getting signatures during the COVID-19 season, inflation and over-regulation.
The Oct. 28 event was held so locals could share what was on their minds before the election. Terwilliger and Lawton both said they have tried to help people understand there are parties for election other than just Republican or Democrat.
“We need to start discussing everybody. It doesn’t matter what party. We need to talk to each other and come up with solutions. I think through conversation we will have solutions,” said Lawton.
The candidates agreed that people of opposing views today are yelling at each other instead of talking. They said it’s important to talk to find solutions, rather than team-picking. If there can be civil conversations, areas of agreement can be found.
Even though strong emotions can be generated, “we need to let each other be human so that we can have a conversation and not just shut down. Let’s have a conversation so we can see each other’s point of view,” said Terwilliger.
Lawton said it is important to pay attention to local elections. The decisions of the state representatives and county commissioners have a more immediate impact on community residents versus the decisions of the president, which are watered down and filtered through federal and state departments.
“We have become addicted to government and, as soon as we have a problem, we say, ‘What’s the government going to do to fix the problem?’ instead of saying, ‘What am I going to do to fix the problem?’ or ‘What are we as a community going to do to fix the problem?’” said Lawton.
Terwilliger said the community needs to serve the community rather than looking to the government to take over. She said it is important to have representatives who are representative of the people and not just the party or finances.
“One of the reasons that I want to keep doing these kinds of things is to keep people connected and have these kinds of conversations about what people would like to see. It is important to be in touch with constituents,” said Terwilliger.
The Libertarian candidates said as long as people do not take what does not belong to them and do not hurt people or infringe on their rights, they want people to live their life.