PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – With 21 days left, it is the most contested election in this so-called political off year: the race for Montgomery County Commissioner.

Faced with a serious race from Democrats Josh Shapiro and Leslie Richards, Republican incumbents Bruce Castor and Jenny Brown have raised the hot button issue of taxes. Shapiro and Richards say they will not raise taxes. Brown and Castor have not gone quite that far, saying they will hold the line on taxes, but in a newspaper article a month ago, Castor was quoted as saying, “We can’t say we aren’t going to raise taxes,” because, he suggested, what might happened down the road.

The words here might seem unusual in this political climate. Democrats making a no tax promise, Republicans not going that far.

The question is: are Brown and Castor protecting themselves in case they have to increases taxes? And are Shapiro and Richards confident they can govern without increasing tax revenues? One thing is certain: this election is the most serious challenge yet to Republican power in the third largest county in Pennsylvania and both sides admit it could be close.

Reported by Larry Kane, KYW Newsradio 1060

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