With political season in full swing, the Southern Standard and WCPI are announcing two dates for political forums this fall before the November election.
Candidates running locally for mayor or alderman will be invited to attend an Oct. 9 political forum. Candidates running for seats in the Tennessee General Assembly or Congress will be invited to attend an Oct. 11 debate.
Both events will be held at Warren County High School auditorium and will begin at 7 p.m.
Congressman Scott DesJarlais and his challenger, state Sen. Eric Stewart, have already been invited to the Oct. 11 debate. Stewart has accepted the invitation and says he will be in attendance. A representative for DesJarlais said Friday he believes the date will be acceptable, but he did not confirm. He said to expect a decision this week.
Races in McMinnville are expected to be hotly contested with three candidates expected to challenge Mayor Norman Rone for his seat. There is also a crowded race for what will be four alderman seats up for grabs.
“These political forums are a great way for voters to gain first-hand knowledge of the candidates running for office,” said Standard publisher Patricia Zechman. “The Standard and WCPI are committed to these events because we want voters to make an informed decision when they go to the polls. Meet the candidates and hear what they have to say, then make an informed decision when it’s time to vote.”
MTSU professor Dr. John Vile and Standard editor James Clark will serve as moderators.