The American experiment in republican government has always depended on an informed and engaged citizenry. “Wisdom and knowledge, as well as virtue, diffused generally among the body of the people,” John Adams wrote in the 1780 Massachusetts constitution, were “necessary for the preservation of their rights and liberties.”
Each year, as Election Day draws near, citizens scrutinize candidates who wish to serve as elected officials, gaining the knowledge to make wise choices.
On Wednesday, October 8, at the Jewish Community Center in Utica, NY, the League of Women Voters of Utica/Rome hosted a debate of the three candidates running for Oneida County Family Court judge. Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) Charter Fellow Douglas Ambrose served as one of the two moderators of the debate. Michael Green, who teaches at Mohawk Valley Community College, served as the other moderator.