Political debate gives voters look at candidates
By Sparta Live | April 9, 2006 12:00 am
Kim Swindell Wood
The invitations have been sent and candidates have responded with official notification of their attendance to participate in a political debate beginning at 6:30 p.m., April 10, 2006, at White County Middle School.
The Expositor had received numerous requests from residents about hosting a political forum/debate to help voters learn more about the candidates running in the May 2, 2006, Democratic Primary.
Invitations were sent to all candidates in the Democratic Primary, as well as those running in the General Election, in August 2006. Candidates for the General Election will be given an allotted amount of time to introduce themselves to the audience and make a brief statement about the office they are seeking. Those running in the primary will be given the same opportunity, but will also be presented with questions submitted by the public and a bi-partisan committee. Candidates for a particular office will be given the same questions to ensure fairness.
The Expositor plans to host another forum in July 2006 for all candidates running in the General Election, which will be the question-answer format, as well as once again presenting a two-minute statement.
Offices listed on the ballot include circuit court clerk, county court clerk, county mayor, county trustee, general sessions judge, register of deeds, road superintendent, sheriff, chancellor, circuit court judge, part I, circuit court judge, part II, criminal court judge, division I, criminal court judge, division II, district attorney general and public defender. Some candidates are unopposed, but are still encouraged to attend.
Nine out of 28 candidates have confirmed their participation in the debate. Those who have already made a commitment to attend include Ron Thurman, chancery court judge, 13th Judicial District; Lillie Ann Sells, criminal court judge, division I; Jeff Bulakowski, sheriff; Doug Goff, sheriff; Edwin Sadler, criminal court judge, division I; Terry Whitson, county mayor; Beverly Finley Templeton, circuit court clerk; David Brady, public defender; Gary Dodson, general sessions judge; and Henry Foster, circuit court clerk.
Some candidates may have prior commitments that would prevent them from attending the debate.
Candidates who plan to participate in the debate should contact Kim Swindell Wood at 836-3284.