Four candidates are in the running to replace six-term Congressman Todd Platts, who announced his intention to leave Congress at the end of his term next year.
The four men, Libertarian Mike Koffenberger, Democrat Harry Perkinson, Republican State Rep. Scott Perry and Independent Wayne Wolff, debated at Lutheran Theological Seminary's auditorium in a event sponsored by the Gettysburg Branch of the American Association of University Women.
Whoever wins November's election will represent a new 4th District, which was completely re-shaped as a result of redistricting. Pennsylvania's 4th Congressional district now includes Harrsiburg, York and Adams Counties and eastern Cumberland County.
Charles L. Weise, professor of economics at Gettysburg College, served as moderator for the debate, which was open to the public.
For many, the debate re-affirmed who they were already supporting in the election. But for some undecided voters, the debate didn't do much to sway them to any of the candidates.
"Between the four of them, I think there are some good ideas to talk about. Some good plans. But that discussion isn't occurring," said Perry Wood of Gettysburg.
The most discussed topic of the debate was the economy. Obamacare also took center stage with Koffenberger, Perry and Wolff saying they would repeal it. Perkinson called the health care law a step in the right direction.
Audience members took an active role and at times were just as divided as the candidates.
"It was good to see that there was a balance, a more diverse audience than often happens," Jeanne Duffy, who lives in Gettysburg.
This was the last chance for the public to see all four candidates speak at the same venue ahead of the November 6th election.