The drilling issue is most sharply in play in District 2, where Democrat Teresa Winchester, an activist in the local anti-fracking movement, is making her second attempt in two years to oust Rep. James Powers, a farmer and beekeeper who is one of the local Republican Party’s most vocal supporters of the natural gas industry.
Abbate said Democrats are prepared to lead the county if the voters decide on Tuesday that change is in order.
“Our candidates have been knocking on doors for months and meeting people where they live,” he said. “I’m looking forward to the Democratic Party taking the majority.”
Casale said the local Republican organization has evolved into a “big tent party” encouraging respect for people with different points of view.
Citing the fracking issue as an example, he said: “There is more acceptance within our party of different views than there is on the other side.”