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Commissioners, party heads discuss politics with students
Educational disparities, West York's racist mayor and the heroin epidemic were among topics local high school students asked about at an election town hall forum.
York County Commissioners Doug Hoke and Chris Reilly served on a panel at York Country Day School on Friday with local Republican and Democratic party officials.
The forum was organized by juniors and seniors enrolled in a government and politics class, according to a news release on the event.
Gregory Gladfelter, a senior from Red Lion in the class, said he was particularly interested in the participants' answers about the heroin epidemic because he knew it was occurring but didn't know how severe it was or what officials were doing to combat it.
Reilly, who serves on the York County Heroin Task Force, told students how the problem has grown and how it tends to start with an addiction to prescription painkillers.
Hoke, who also serves on the task force, said the county is working to provide more resources for those suffering from opioid addiction.
Panel participants also discussed what has been described as a very contentious presidential election between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton.
"This election has been a disgrace. It's gone on too long and (involved) too many personal comments," Hoke said. "I truly hope after it's over, we can start to come together."
Gladfelter said watching the presidential debates is a requirement for his class, and the students split into teams to research and discuss the Democratic and Republican points of view.