CSU, local media organize U.S. Senate, mayoral TV debates

mrice@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 14, 2014 

Columbus State University is teaming with the Ledger-Enquirer and two other local media companies to present debates featuring candidates for Columbus mayor as well as the U.S. Senate seat occupied by retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.

On Friday, CSU announced the partnership with the newspaper, WRBL-TV and PMB Broadcasting.

Here's the lineup:

• Columbus mayoral candidates: 7 p.m. April 21, Davidson Hall auditorium, CSU main campus.

• Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate: 7 p.m. April 23, Riverside Theatre Complex, CSU downtown campus.

• Republican candidates for U.S. Senate: 6 p.m. May 10, in Legacy Hall, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts.

In early April, CSU's Social Research Center will poll voters in the region about key issues heading into the May 20 state primary and municipal election in Columbus.

"I am delighted that Columbus State University can actively contribute to enhancing the knowledge base for elections," CSU President Tim Mescon said. "This is a wonderful partnership benefiting our community."

The debates will air live on WRBL News 3 and www.ledger-enquirer.com. PMB will broadcast the mayoral debate on 105.5-FM The Ride and both Senate debates on Boomer 95.3-FM. The Georgia News Network plans to offer the Senate debates to radio stations outside Columbus.

The partnership also will conduct a debate between the Senate nominees from each party in October. Details of the event will be announced later.

"Our focus at the Ledger-Enquirer is providing local news to the people of the Chattahoochee Valley," said Rodney Mahone, president and publisher of the Ledger-Enquirer. "We're especially pleased to be co-hosting a debate between Columbus' mayoral candidates, and we're also looking forward to finding out if the U.S. Senate candidates have local interests at heart."

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