Robert Dold (R) and Brad Schneider (D) have agreed to a debate organized by the League of Women Voters (LWV). On Sunday, Oct. 14, 1:30 at Lake Forest High School, the two congressional candidates will meet in their only joint, live meeting. Their other debates will be recorded in Chicago. As the race heats up, and election day nears, more questions arise. This is a unique opportunity to hear the candidates' answers in person. Questions will be gathered from the audience.
The Candidate Debate is being sponsored by three League of Women Voters local chapters in the 10th Congressional District. They are: LWV-Lake Forest/Lake Bluff, LWV-Highland Park/Highwood, and LWV-Deerfield. Two other co-sponsors are the Union League Club of Chicago and Patch, the online news. All sponsors share the goal of educating the public.
"It is very important that voters have the opportunity to hear questions answered directly by the candidates. There is too much spin and misinformation in the paid advertising." said Jane Partridge, Co-President of LWV-LFLB. "We are very pleased to be able to offer this debate here in our communities. The League of Women Voters, nationwide and for decades, has hosted candidate debates in order for citizens to learn first-hand about the people who are running for office."
Two other debates will follow the Congressional period. The candidates for Illinois General Assembly will take the stage next. The candidates for State Senate 29th District are Julie Morrison (D) and Arie Friedman (R). The candidates for State Representative 58th District are Scott Drury (D) and Mark Shaw (R). Both these races are drawing a lot of attention due to redistricting and the retirements of Susan Garrett and Karen May.
The last debate will include the candidates for Lake County Board Districts 11, 12, 13, and 21. These districts encompass parts of Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, Knollwood, Highland Park, Highwood, Deerfield, Lincolnshire, Mettawa, Green Oaks, Gurnee, North Chicago and Waukegan. The candidates are Mike Rummel (R), Steve Mandel (D), Laura Lambrecht (R), Sandy Hart (D), David Barkhausen (R), Arlene Hickory (D) and Ann Maine (R).
Doors will open at 1:00. The program will start at 1:30 and end at 5:00. There will be 5 minute intermissions between each of the three debates. The Lake Forest High School is located at 1285 N. McKinley Rd. Lake Forest. Seating will be a first come basis.
Partridge noted, "We are working to provide as much information as possible about the Congressional, State, and Lake County Board races for the communities. As not everyone will be able to attend the Debates, Patch will be blogging at the event, enabling people to participate online. Also the debates will be videotaped and shown on public access channel 17 and 19 in Lake Forest. The video will be posted on the website www.LWV-LFLB.org and on YouTube. In addition, there will be a voter guide available at www.lwvhp.org and www.lwv-lflb.org."
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