Candidates readying for debate tonight

Published 12:00 pm Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Your Lafayette County candidates will take the stage tonight for a political forum and debate leading up to the Nov. 3 general election.

The Oxford EAGLE has partnered with Super Talk 93.7 and the Oxford Conference Center to bring residents the opportunity to hear the candidates at the center.

If you can’t make it in person, the event will be broadcast on 93.7. It will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

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The debate will be in a question-and-answer format with Oxford EAGLE Editor Stephanie Rebman moderating, and candidates have been asked to stick around after the debate to meet and greet residents.

“We appreciate the opportunity of partnering with Super Talk 93.7 and Rick Mize and Hollis Green with the Oxford Conference Center in sponsoring the forum and debate tonight,” said EAGLE Publisher Tim Phillips. “Lafayette County is the fastest-growing county in our state. Our supervisors have done a good job in helping to control this growth, but issues such as zoning in certain areas are crucial at this point in our county.”

Those invited to attend the debate with contested races include:

— Lafayette County Supervisor District 1 with candidates Republican Rickey Babb, Democrat Kevin Frye and Independent Brian Hyneman.

— Lafayette County Supervisor District 3 with candidates Republican David Rikard, Democrat Dale Timothy Gordon and Independent Zack Carey.

— Lafayette County Supervisor District 5 where Democrat incumbent Mike Roberts will face Republican Johnny Mike Fortner.

— House District 12 where Republican incumbent Brad Mayo will face Democratic candidate Jay Hughes.

— Senate District 9 where Republican incumbent Gray Tollison will face Democratic candidate Cristen Hemmins.

“With the House and Senate races, Initiative 42 and 42A have been at the forefront of most of the political discussion regarding fully funding public education,” Phillips said. “We are looking forward to hearing about other issues involving our state from our incumbents and candidates. We hope that everyone will make an attempt to attend and if not, please listen to the broadcast on 93.7.”

Coffee and water will be provided for visitors.

Contact with any questions about the debate.