Tribune plans political debates

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Marshall County Tribune received a unanimous vote on Monday night from the Board of Directors of the Marshall County Community Theatre to permit use of the old Dixie Theater facility for political debates on the evenings of June 25 and July 9.

"The idea is to have one or two debates between the candidates for Marshall County sheriff and/or county mayor well before the Aug. 5 county general election," Tribune reporter Clint Confehr told the board during its monthly meeting in the theater's lobby.

A flexible request was submitted so that candidates' schedules might be accommodated. All but two of the candidates were contacted directly in recent days. It would appear that all or almost all of the candidates will participate.

Friday nights were selected so that county voters could get home from work, have supper and come to a debate, without conflict from church night or government meetings.

The Marshall County Community Theatre has seating for less than 300 people. Tickets will be free at the newspaper office starting on a date to be announced. Steps have been taken to provide additional accommodations to people who want to hear the debates when they're held.

Additional information will be reported as decisions are made for the debates.