(Not) asked and answered: Lynne Abraham on women, children and the elderly

 Mayoral candidate Lynne Abraham fields questions at the East Falls Community Council meeting on Monday night. (Brian Hickey/WHYY)

Mayoral candidate Lynne Abraham fields questions at the East Falls Community Council meeting on Monday night. (Brian Hickey/WHYY)

In the waning days of the mayoral-primary season, NinetyNine is reaching out to the six Democratic candidates to pose a question about, well, questions.

Specificially, we wanted to hear their response to this query: What question hasn’t been asked of a competitor(s), or of yourself, that you wish had been? (And if it’s the latter, please provide a response).

First up is Lynne Abraham, who used the question as an opportunity to lament issues that she thought didn’t get enough play during the campaign season:

“I’m really surprised how there have been no questions about the status about women’s issues. Nothing about women as wage earners, about the safety of women and children who find themselves in dangerous situations, about protecting them from abuse, about women unable to get child support.

“There wasn’t a [mayoral] event which is really surprising since women represent 50 percent of voters, and I would know since I’ve gone to a lot of them. Nothing at all about the issues affecting women. I really just can’t believe it.

“There was nothing about the elderly, either, and we have thousands and thousands of elderly residents who are suffering, who are hungry, going to get food at senior’s centers, subsidized by lottery winnings.

“Nobody is talking about grandmom or grandpop who are abused by their kids, abandoned and depending on soup kitchens and pantries.

“I have real concerns with these issues and was astounded they didn’t come up more often. I did bring them up on a few occasions, but it’s difficult to do at forums when you only have 90 seconds to answer questions.”

Candidates’ “(Not) asked and answered” responses will run over the course of the last week of the primary campaign season. Coming up on Wednesday: Anthony Hardy Williams answers the question about questions.

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