Republican and Democratic candidates who want to represent Marshall County, and the rest of the 6th Congressional District, in the U.S. House of Representatives face off Thursday night in Gallatin during a political debate at Volunteer State Community College.
The debate starts at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Wemyss Auditorium in Caudill Hall on the Vol State campus in Gallatin. The public is invited. Seating is limited.
The candidates are:
* Democrat Brett Carter of Hendersonville, a Bronze Star recipient for his service as a military attorney in Iraq dealing with rules of engagement and detainee operations subsequent to Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse. He's a captain in the Marine Corps Reserves, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, and an attorney with Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, Nashville. Carter is endorsed by The Tennessean, which applauds his experience working with small business, his commitment to rein in spending, and having a fresh perspective.
* Republican state Sen. Diane Black of Gallatin is endorsed by Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The registered nurse has used that knowledge when weighing state legislation. She was one of three "Killer Bs" -- with Marsha Blackburn and Mae Beavers -- in the state Legislature who worked to stop a proposal for a state income tax. Palin's endorsement cited Black's credentials and encouraged support for Black and against mandates behind health care reform.