Subtle differences: Michael Crider (left), Chris Lytle and John Merlau largely agreed on issues such as creating jobs and education reform. But they differed the most on the philosophical question of leadership. Merlau said he views the role of lawmaker as a representative of the people. Crider and Lytle said the job requires leadership skills to be an effective lawmaker. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)
GREENFIELD — Issues aside, the three Republicans vying for state Senate District 28 gave a crowd of potential voters a taste of their leadership styles Tuesday.
Mike Crider, Chris Lytle and John Merlau debated before an audience of about 60 at the Hancock County Public Library. Election Day is less than a week away, and the winner of the GOP primary will face Democrat Michael Adkins in the fall to determine who will take the reins from retiring Republican Sen. Beverly Gard.
The three candidates agreed to an extent on nearly every issue raised in the hour-long debate, but they differed in how they view compromise and leadership.