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2007 Media Releases

March 8, 2007
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Sharon Nemeth, League of Women Voters, 472-2333, 489-3571

Debates to be aired on 5 CITY-TV

The League of Women Voters of Lincoln-Lancaster County invites the public to two series of debates featuring candidates on the ballot for the spring City elections. The primary election is April 3, and the general election is May 1.

The first series of debates is set for Wednesday, March 14, in Room 113 at the County-City Building, 555 South 10th Street. Seating is limited, but these debates will be aired live by the City’s government access cable channel, 5 CITY-TV, and taped for rebroadcast. The schedule and invited candidates are:

  • 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. - City Council District 2 — Allan Abbott, Jon Camp, and Jane Kinsey
  • 7 to 8:30 p.m. - Mayor – Chris Beutler, Mike Deal, Ken Svoboda, and Roger Yant

The second series of debates is set for Tuesday, April 10, in the Bevins Family Life Center on the main floor of Saint Paul United Methodist Church, 1144 “M” Street. 5 CITY-TV also will tape these debates for rebroadcast. The tentative schedule is:

  • 1 to 2 p.m. - Lincoln Public School’s Board of Education - Doug Evans and Richard Meginnis
  • 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. - City Council District 1 – LaRae Eifert and Doug Emery
  • 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. - City Council District 2 – the two nominees from the April 3 primary election
  • 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. - City Council District 3 – Jonathan Cook and John Erickson
  • 6 to 7 p.m. - City Council District 4 – Annette McRoy and John Spatz
  • 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. - Mayor - the two nominees from the April 3 primary election

Candidates for Airport Authority candidates will be invited to the April 10 debate to visit with voters in the area reserved for distributing campaign materials. If a debate must be cancelled, short forums for Airport Authority candidates may be scheduled.

To reach the Bevins Family Life Center from the west doors, use the elevator (“M” button). If entering the church through the south door, go up the interior stairs and walk away from the sanctuary. Parking is available across 11th Street or in the parking garage one block south of the church. Free space may be available on the street or in the garage under the church (enter from 11th Street).

Debate co-sponsors include the Lincoln-Lancaster Women’s Commission; the Lincoln Area Agency on Aging; the National Council of Negro Women (Lincoln Section); the North 27th Street Business and Civic Association; and Saint Paul United Methodist Church. Funding for the debates is provided by the League of Women Voters of Lincoln-Lancaster Education Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization.

Audience members are asked to not wear or otherwise display items indicating support of specific candidates while in the forum/debate area.

For a schedule of air times, see the City Web site at and click on the 5 CITY-TV logo. The forums and debates also will be available through video-on-demand through the Web site.

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