Citizens for Silverdale says timing is reason for refusal to debate

"Even though the opposition met their demands, incorporation boosters Citizens for Silverdale still might not participate in future debates.On Monday, the Citizens for Silverdale board of directors sent a letter declining an invitation to speak at next Wednesday’s League of Women Voters incorporation forum. Citizens for Silverdale President Richard Sheak wrote that his organization refused because the anti-incorporation group Save Our Silverdale had not registered with the state Public Disclosure Commission.The same day as Sheak’s letter, the leadership for SOS filed with the PDC. On Thursday, the county auditor’s office confirmed they received the filing, postmarked Monday. Citizens for Silverdale press secretary Don Harris reported that his group’s board of directors would not necessarily go ahead with another debate, even though SOS met their criteria. Instead of PDC status, Harris said the board’s lack of commitment to another forum is more an issue of timing. “We had our date of availability, they had their date of availability and neither side would agree. At this point, it’s dead,” Harris said. “It’s an impasse on dates.”Sheak declined comment on Thursday.In Sheak’s Jan. 3 letter to the League of Women Voters, the Citizens for Silverdale president wrote, “Unfortunately our board has found that the conditions for our participation have not been met. During our telephone conversation it was stipulated that we would only debate registered representatives of an organized opposition group. We have found that as of January 3rd, the Save Our Silverdale organization has neglected to register ... Should a registered opposition group arise, we will be glad to look at alternative dates.”SOS spokesman Rick Smith said he planned to go ahead with the forum, and couldn’t see why Citizens for Silverdale was so hesitant.“So what (if SOS was not registered)? The issues are being raised. If they are confident of their position and that people will agree with them, they should debate with anyone,” Smith said."

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