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2008 Media Releases

March 25, 2008
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 a series of five debates Monday, March 31 featuring candidates on the ballot for the spring primary election. The primary is Tuesday, May 13, and the general election is November 4.

The debates will run from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 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. In the schedule below, the candidates are listed in the order of their opening statements.

  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Unicameral District #21, nonpartisan: Justin Larsen, Tami Soper, Ken Haar, Vern Barrett, James Arthur Jeffers, Curtis Schell
  • 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. - Unicameral District #25, nonpartisan: Brent Smoyer, Kathy Campbell, Travis Wagner
  • 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. - Unicameral District #27, nonpartisan: Dan Marvin, Chuck Stepanek, Colby Coash
  • 4 to 5 p.m. - NU Board of Regents District 1, nonpartisan: Tim Clare, Don Costello, Earl Scudder
  • 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. U.S. Senate, Republican - Pat Flynn, Mike Johanns

A debate among the Democratic candidates for the U.S. Senate was cancelled because only one of the candidates, Larry Marvin, was able to attend. The other candidates are Scott Kleeb, Tony Raimondo and James Bryan Wilson.

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 Mayor’s Commission on Women; the Lincoln Area Agency on Aging; the National Council of Negro Women (Lincoln Section); the North 27th Street Business and Civic Association; the NAACP; and Saint Paul United Methodist Church. Funding for Lincoln-area debates is provided by the League of Women Voters of Lincoln-Lancaster Education Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization. The League of Women Voters of Nebraska Education Fund is providing funding for the Senate debate.

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

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

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