Candidates to debate on Friday night (and I plug my live blog)

Candidates to debate on Friday night (and I plug my live blog)

The four candidates from two Urbana Democratic primary races will have a chance to make their cases to voters and answer questions from the public on Friday night.

Mayor Laurel Prussing and her challenger, Les Stratton, are scheduled to appear during a forum co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Champaign County and the Champaign County NAACP. City Clerk Phyllis Clark and her challenger, Robert Michael Gatsche, are also scheduled to speak.

The forum is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Friday in the Urbana City Building, 400 S. Vine St. The event is free and open to the public.

If you can't make it, stick right here. I'll have play-by-play, live blog updates from the forum on Friday night and more on Twitter, @patrick_wade.

The four Urbana candidates will be the only names on the ballot during a Feb. 26 primary election. Early voting is already open and, according to Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten, 107 people have already cast ballots.

The winner of the Democratic primary for mayor would next be up against Republican Rex Bradfield in an April 9 election. There is no Republican challenger in the city clerk race, so the primary election will effectively determine a winner.

On Friday, each candidate will be given 2 minutes for an opening statement, and then they will be presented with questions from audience members. Those questions will be written on index cards and screened for duplicates and personal attacks.

The forum will broadcast live on UPTV Channel 6. Rebroadcast times will be announced on Friday night.

Update, 5 p.m. on Wednesday:

Rebroadcast times were announced Wednesday afternoon. From a city press release:

In addition to the live broadcast at 7 p.m. on Friday, the program will be rebroadcast over UPTV at these times:

  • Saturday, Feb. 16, at 12 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 17, at 10:15 a.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 17, at 9 p.m.
  • Monday Feb. 18, at 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday Feb. 19, at 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 21, at 4 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 22, at 5 p.m.

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