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2005 Media Releases

March 1, 2005
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Sharon Nemeth, League of Women Voters, 472-2333, 489-3571

City Council Candidate Debate Set For March 7
Debate to air on 5 CITY-TV

The public is invited to a March 7th candidate debate among those seeking the three open seats on the Lincoln City Council. The debate is from 7 to 9 p.m. at Saint Paul United Methodist Church, 1144 “M” Street. The government access cable channel, 5 CITY-TV, will tape the debate for airing until April 5, the date of the primary election. Six candidates will advance to the general election May 3.

City Council candidates who have filed or announced their candidacy are Robin Eschliman, Mike Floyd, Bob Ihrig, Mark Koller, Dan Marvin, Charles Thomas, Dan Thompson, Shawn Traudt, Ken Svoboda, Terry Werner and Roger Yant. The filing deadline is March 4.

Sponsors of the debate are the League of Women Voters of Lincoln-Lancaster County; Saint Paul United Methodist Church; the Lincoln-Lancaster Women’s Commission (LLWC); Aging Services/Lincoln Area Agency on Aging; the North 27th Business and Civic Association; and the NAACP.

According to Sharon Nemeth, Debate Coordinator with the League of Women Voters, the League will provide the first question on solutions on balancing the City budget. Each candidate will have one minute to answer. Candidates also are permitted to provide informational handouts on this issue. After all candidates have answered, they will each have 30 seconds to rebut each other’s responses. If 10 or fewer candidates participate in the debate, the rebuttal time will be extended to 90 seconds. For the rest of the debate questions, candidates will have one minute to answer and 30 seconds for rebuttal. A one- or two-minute closing statement by each candidate will end the debate.

Moderators will be Nancy Intermill, LLWC, and Marge Ambrosius, Saint Paul UMC. Timers will be Danja Pegram-Siders, LLWC, and Leroy Stokes, NAACP. In addition to the League of Women Voters, questions will be asked by Kathie Uhrmacher, LLWC President; June Pederson, Director, Aging Services/Lincoln Area Agency on Aging; Jan Gauger, North 27th Business and Civic Association; and Lela Shanks, NAACP.

The debate will take place in the church’s Family Life Center on the main floor. Free parking is available in the church garage (enter on 11th Street) and on the street. Parking also is available for $1 per car in the lot across 11th Street from the church (enter on “N” Street).

Audience members are asked to not wear or display items indicating support of specific candidates while in the debate room. The candidates will distribute campaign materials and handouts in rooms 155/157 across the hall from the Family Life Center. Candidates for the Lincoln Public Schools Board and the Lincoln Airport Authority also have been invited to distribute their campaign information.

The League of Women Voters of Lincoln-Lancaster County Education Fund is providing funding for the taping by 5 CITY-TV. For a schedule of air times, see the City Web site at The debate also will be available through video-on-demand through the Web site.

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