Details for HC debate finalized
The campaign managers for the two Ninth Congressional District candidates and O’Bannon Publishing Co. Inc. have worked out the final details for the debate that will take place in Harrison County.
Representatives for Congressman Todd Young, a Republican, and his challenger, Democrat Shelli Yoder, both of Bloomington, met Friday with Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor, editor of The Corydon Democrat, to finalize plans for the debate that will take place Monday, Oct. 29, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Corydon Central High School auditorium.
Seating is limited, so attendees will need a ticket to attend. However, there will be no charge for the tickets.
Both parties were given 267 tickets each on Friday for distribution. Tickets can be obtained through Young’s campaign by calling Trevor Foughty at 1-765-480-2508 and through Yoder’s campaign by calling Courtney Campbell at 1-832-687-6969 or by sending Campbell an e-mail at [email protected]
The two local party chairpersons ‘ Barb Black for the Democrats and Scott Fluhr for the Republicans ‘ said they anticipate receiving some of those tickets to make distribution more convenient for local supporters. Local headquarters can be reached by calling 734-0298 (Democrat) and 225-5270 (Republican).
Spieth-Saylor said the remaining 266 tickets will be used for some high school government students and students who serve on their schools’ Linked! editorial board, as well as the media and others.
Questions for the debate will come from the voters in the district and will be screened to ensure they are pertinent to the Ninth District Congressional candidates and to avoid duplicates as time constraints will only allow for about a dozen questions. Anyone with a question may submit it to Spieth-Saylor in writing and mailing it to 301 N. Capitol Ave., Corydon, IN 47112, via e-mail to [email protected], online as feedback to this story (go to www.corydondemocrat.com) and on this newspaper’s Facebook page, The Corydon Democrat.
‘Please be sure to include your name, address and a phone number or e-mail address in case we need to get back in touch with you,’ Spieth-Saylor said.
Both candidates will have two minutes for opening comments. For questions, both candidates will have two minutes to respond followed by 90 seconds each for rebuttal. Near the conclusion of the debate, the candidates will each have two minutes to make closing comments.
Moderator for the debate will be Kevin Trobaugh, the English department chairman at Corydon Central High School. Similar to the presidential debates and vice presidential debate, those attending will be asked to refrain from making any noise during the debate or risk being asked to leave.
Due to time constraints of the evening, those attending the debate need to be in their seats by 6:50 p.m. on Oct. 29, Spieth-Saylor said.
Initially, the Yoder campaign had proposed there be 13 debates, one in each county of the district, then, later, reduced the request to seven, the number that Young allegedly insisted on two years ago when he challenged then-incumbent Baron Hill. However, Young agreed to participate in just two debates.
In the end, the campaigns agreed to two debates, the one O’Bannon Publishing Co. offered to host, as well as Franklin College’s offer to host one in Johnson County. That debate will be Tuesday evening.
O’Bannon Publishing Co. plans to stream its debate live on USTREAM and will have it archived on its website.