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Friday, May 2, 2008

Not enough debates at library

Posted By on Fri, May 2, 2008 at 4:26 PM

By interest -- four candidates -- and likely by money, the race for House District 38 is one of the most interesting this spring. It features John Edwards and Jeff Dailey in the Democratic primary and Kelly Eichler and Ed Linck in the Republican primary.

Perhaps for that reason, and probably also for the familiarity of these candidates, the Political Animals Club and Central Arkansas Library System are sponsoring a debate in the race from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 13.

You can't please everyone. A correspondent is unhappy that the library has chosen to provide a forum for a debate in this race but isn't doing others. Some of those comments are on the jump. (Any group want to arrange debates for other races?)

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We have multiple contested ballots across Pulaski County on May 20th.

I'm concerned that CALS is not going to have debates for all races. 

Senate 33 - race decided in the primary,  

House 36 - race decided in the primary,

House 38 - primary with general,

House 43 - primary with general,

County Judge - primary with general (hard to take the primary seriously but with the interest in the jail and watershed issues it would be an interesting forum for voters to hear Villines answer tough questions),

JP 3 - primary and general (2 person primary...former incumbent fighting to regain her seat...the voters choice could decide if that seat remains Republican or returns to Democrat control),

JP 5 - primary only (this seat is of current interest in the watershed debate because Willandra was the member of the Quorum Court who attempted to bring forth the extension of the moratorium.  Could be that her voice is going to be removed from the quorum court on May 20),

JP 8 - primary and general (of current interest because McCaleb sided with Reed in an attempt to pass a resolution to distance the county from any responsibility related to CAW and Lake Maumelle).

I think one or two races will be hosted in a debate by CALS and I think the decisions have more to do with money and connections than public service.  At the county level, the outcomes of some of the races could tip a balance on issues of great interest to many voters across the county.  At the state rep/senate level, how fair is it for CALS to host an event and give free media attention to candidates in some races but not others?  How do they decide which race during the primary merits attention, 36, 38, or 43 or Senate 33? 

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