If you were planning to hear the two candidates for the 100th District state House seat debate the issues in a formal setting this month at the Quarryville Library - it's not going to happen.

The Lancaster County League of Women Voters, the group that sponsors the debates of legislative candidates throughout the county, has cancelled the debate with Rep. Gib Armstrong and his opponent Bryan Cutler, scheduled for Tuesday, April 25 at the library.

"Gib claims he has a conflict on April 25," said Vivian Kunkle, the candidate's night coordinator for the League of Women Voters.

Instead of just having Cutler answer questions at the debate, Kunkle said the "whole thing has been cancelled."

"I'm very disappointed," said Cutler of not being able to debate Armstrong. "I was personally looking forward to sharing my thoughts and visions with my neighbors."

Armstrong participated in the debate at the library when he first ran for office a few years ago. At that debate, he answered questions along with Don Ranck and Glenn Robinson, who were also candidates for the 100th District.

The Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce and Industry also issued an invitation to both Armstrong and Cutler to participate in a forum discussing business issues. Although Cutler accepted the invitation, Allison Schlegelmilch, communications manager for the chamber, said Armstrong was not able to attend the debate.

In response to the fact that the residents of the 100th District most likely won't get to hear a debate amongst the two candidates, the Cutler campaign has decided that instead of holding "Meet and Greet" events, they will do Town Hall meetings instead. The meetings will be similar to a question and answer session and will be a chance for residents to ask questions of Cutler.

Although Armstrong did not return calls to the Solanco Sun Ledger, he has been quoted as saying he would be willing to debate Cutler "if we can find a date that works."

"I hope he changes his mind," said Cutler.

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