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Leavitt Center offering candidate debates
by Ashley Langston
Oct 24, 2012 | 298 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CEDAR CITY – The Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics and Public Service at Southern Utah University is sponsoring multiple debates and candidate events before the Nov. 6 election, and community members are invited to come get acquainted with the candidates.

A U.S. Congressional debate will be Oct. 24 at 6 p.m., with all five candidates for District 2 scheduled to attend. The candidates are Democrat Jay Seegmiller, Republican Chris Stewart, Independent Charles Kimball, Constitution Party candidate Jonathan Garrard, and Independent Joseph Andrade.

The debate will be in SUU’s Sterling Church Auditorium in the Sharwan Smith Center and is open to the public. It will also be broadcast on Utah Public Radio, said Eric Kirby, Leavitt Center director.

On Oct. 30 there will be a Utah Senate debate between Democrat Geoffrey Chesnut and Republican Evan Vickers, also beginning at 6 p.m. in the Sterling Church Auditorium.

In addition to the formal evening debates, there will be town hall style debate between the Utah House of Representatives District 72 candidates Oct. 31 at noon as part of the university’s pizza and politics series.

Libertarian Barry Evan Short and Republican John Westwood are scheduled to attend. The event will be in the Entertainment Bureau room in the SUU Sharwan Smith Center. The two will take questions from the Leavitt Center and the audience, and the event is expected to be about 45 minutes.

Kirby said they offer pizza and politics weekly, with a different speaker and topic every Wednesday at noon. Pizza is provided, and they cover a wide range of topics. He said members of the community are welcome.

The Leavitt Center will also sponsor an election carnival on Nov. 6 beginning at 6 p.m., where students and the community will be welcome to come watch the election results start coming in.

For those who would like to vote early, there are three locations in Iron County – the Iron County Courthouse in Parowan, the Enoch City Offices, and the Cedar City Council Chambers in the city offices – and early voting is available each business day Oct. 23 through Nov. 2.

Look for next week’s Iron County Today newspaper for more information about the election and the candidates.

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