Full week of political forums ahead

mowen@ledger-enquirer.comApril 20, 2014 

This will be a full week of forums featuring candidates for local offices, starting with tonight's debate between Mayor Teresa Tomlinson and mayoral challenger Colin Martin.

Tonight's debate will start at 7 p.m. at University Hall on the main campus of Columbus State University. It will be broadcast live on WRBL-TV 3 and Boomer 95.3 and streamed on ledger-enquirer.com, where readers can participate in a live online chat. Residents can also join in the discussion by posting to Twitter and Facebook using #ColumbusDebate.

On Wednesday, democratic candidates for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by the pending retirement of Sen. Saxby Chambliss will gather at 7 p.m. at the Riverside Theatre Complex on CSU's downtown campus. Again, ledger-enquirer.com, WRBL-TV 3 and Boomer 95.3 will be broadcasting.

There will be two candidate forums Thursday. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., 4925 Forrest Road, will host candidates for mayor, Columbus Council and state representatives from 5-7 p.m. MidTown Inc. will host school board candidates in the Muscogee County Public Education Center's board meeting room, 2960 Macon Road, from 6-7:30 p.m.

So far, two forums have been scheduled for May:

• May 10: Republican candidates for U.S. Senate debate, 6:30 p.m. opening statements, 7 p.m. debate, Legacy Hall, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. Follow live on ledger-enquirer.com, WRBL-TV 3 or Boomer 95.3.

• May 15: Columbus branch of the NAACP forum featuring Columbus mayoral and city council candidates begins at 6 p.m. in the Columbus Public Library auditorium, 3000 Macon Road. The doors will open at 5:15 p.m. for residents to start submitting questions. For more information, call Carolyn Tigner at 706-442-8103 or Vickie Stafford 706-332-2732.

Election day for municipal nonpartisan elections and Georgia primaries is May 20. Early voting starts April 28.

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