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Carefully planned to take place one day prior to early voting – the debate forum will focus on the Manchester city election, which will see the mayor’s seat and five of the six aldermanic seats up for grabs.
“With national elections demanding most of the attention, we thought more attention should be given to local elections such as this one that affect our daily lives,” said Times editor Josh Peterson.
“We are excited to be able to bring this debate to voters. It will also be broadcast live on the radio,” Peterson added.
The debates will be held at separate times – with aldermanic candidates taking the stage from 6-7:30 p.m. and mayoral candidates taking the stage from 8-9:30 p.m. Both will be aired live on Thunder Radio – WMSR AM-1320 and FM-107.9. The Times will also be providing live Tweets throughout the event.
Peterson and WMSR radio commentator Lucky Knott will moderate both debates.
Four candidates have qualified for the mayor’s race, including incumbent Betty Superstein, and 14 have qualified for the aldermanic race, including all incumbents with the exception of Janet Nettles, who was recently appointed to fill Lonnie Norman’s seat and said she would not be running for re-election.
Moderators will ask all of the questions, but citizens wishing to submit questions for consideration may do so by filling out a form at the Manchester Times office – 300 N. Spring St., Manchester, TN.
Questions must be submitted in person with a name. Questions in poor taste will not be considered.
Call the Times at 931-728-7577 or Thunder Radio at 931-728-1320 with any questions.