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2008 Media Releases

September 16, 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 seven debates Monday, September 22, featuring candidates on the ballot for the November 4 general election. Linda Duckworth, President of the League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha, will open the debates at 12:15 p.m. with the presentation, Lady Arrested for Voting! The Life and Times of Susan B. Anthony.

The debates will run from 1:15 to 8:30 p.m. All events will take place in the Bevins Family Life Center on the main floor of Saint Paul United Methodist Church, 1144 “M” Street. 5 CITY-TV also will record the debates for showing on cable channel 5. In the schedule below, the candidates are listed in the order of their opening statements.

1:15 to 1:45 p.m. – County Commissioner District #2, partisan: Larry Hudkins (R), Barbara Baier (D)
2 to 2:30 p.m. – County Commissioner District #4, partisan: Bernie Heier (R), Nancy Intermill (D)
3 to 3:30 p.m. – NU Board of Regents District 1, nonpartisan: Earl Scudder, Tim Clare
3:45 to 4:45 p.m. – Unicameral District #21, nonpartisan: James Jeffers, Ken Haar
5 to 6 p.m. – Unicameral District #25, nonpartisan: Travis Wagner, Kathy Campbell
6:15 to 7:15 p.m. – Unicameral District #27, nonpartisan: Colby Coash, Dan Marvin
7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – Unicameral District #29, nonpartisan: Tony Fulton, Susan Scott

A debate among the candidates for the U.S. Senate was cancelled because candidates Mike Johanns (R) and Scott Kleeb (D) were unable to attend; the other candidates are Steve Larrick (G) and Kelly Renee Rosberg (N). A debate between the candidates for Congressional District #1 was cancelled because Jeff Fortenberry (R) is required to be present in Congress for voting; the other candidate is Max Yashirin (D).

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. Metered space on the street or free space in the garage under the church (enter from 11th Street) may be available.

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; and Saint Paul United Methodist Church. Funding for debates is provided by the League of Women Voters of Lincoln-Lancaster Education Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization, with some monies provided by co-sponsors.

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 through the Web site.

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