HINDS COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY TO SPONSOR DEBATE
FOR REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES IN WARD 1 CITY COUNCIL ELECTION
JACKSON- The Hinds County Republican Party announced today a debate incorporating a new “chess-clock format” to be held among the four Republican candidates for the Ward 1 City Council position. The debate will be held at Bellwether Church beginning at 6:00 on Tuesday, November 25th - one week prior to the December 2nd special election. The Republican candidates – Charles Barbour, Ashby Foote, Richard Sellers, and Amile Wilson – have all accepted their invitation to participate.
“Over the past few years people throughout the county have expressed frustration with the debate formats that have historically been used. According to various studies, voters would prefer something closer to a Lincoln-Douglas debate with less intrusion from the moderator, more flexible time limits allowing for deeper analysis and clearer comparisons and contrasts between or among positions and possible cross-examination between candidates.
“We are hoping to help develop some new approaches with the format to be used on Tuesday” said Pete Perry, Chairman of the local county Republican Party as he outlined the details. “Each candidate will be allocated a block of time to be used as the candidate sees fit on each question. Candidates will be responsible for managing their total allotted time throughout the questioning.
“We believe that this format will allow candidates a better opportunity to express themselves on the issues to the degree that they deem them important. Allowing candidates to question ideas offered by others should allow for a more informative discussion” said Perry.
”We greatly appreciate Bellwether’s assistance as we put together this opportunity for the voters of Ward One to hear our Republican candidates’ positions on issues important to all the citizens of Jackson. Located at the corner of Northside Drive and Old Canton Road, Bellwether Church has become an integral part of the Northeast Jackson neighborhood and their graciously allowing us to use their fine facilities offers a convenient and comfortable setting for our event” noted Perry as he encouraged anyone interested in Jackson’s future to attend and learn more about the Republican candidates.