Mayoral debate draws crowd
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[JAN. 25, 2005]
Three Republican candidates
running for the position of mayor of Lincoln answered questions
before a large crowd at the Johnston Center at Lincoln College on
Monday evening. Pat O'Neill, Dale Voyles and Beth Davis filled the
Republican seats at the debate. The one Democratic candidate, Jan
Tabor, declined to attend the debate before the Feb. 22 primary
Another candidate who has just entered the race as an independent,
Tom O'Donohue, was in the audience. The filing opportunity for
independents has just opened.
The event was hosted by Lincoln College's Union of Student
Activists. The group's president, Krupa Dave, welcomed guests and
opened the event. Students collected and ran questions and served as
timers. Ron J. Keller serves as faculty sponsor for the group and
coordinated the event.
Courier sales manager Rob Eilts
served as moderator.
Lincoln College President Ron
Schilling, League of Women Voters representative Sharon Pierce and
Lincoln Daily News editor Jan Youngquist screened and
compiled questions from the audience for the candidates.
The debate began at 7 p.m. and
lasted over two hours with about a 10-minute break. Candidates began
by answering a few pre-chosen questions. This provided time for the
audience to submit their written questions. They supplied a plethora
of subjects, enough to last the full evening and maybe then some.
Questions could be addressed to one
or all candidates. Over the course of the evening all the candidates
demonstrated that they were well-prepared to answer almost anything.
They were allowed up to three minutes to respond and often took that
full amount of time.
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Questions posed a broad range of
subjects. Candidates were asked how they would respond to specific
situations as well as about their vision and general plans for
Lincoln's future. They were asked about LDC developments, the
potential ethanol plant, if they would get involved with the MII
strike, how they intend to get higher paying jobs into Lincoln, what
plans they have to support or develop economic opportunities,
community spirit, how to curb criminal activities and other issues.
CITV Channel 5 recorded the debate
in its entirety. Celeste Rogers said that they will begin airing it
next week. Watch LDN for those scheduled times.
CITV airs over cable, but anyone
with a computer, an Internet connection and audio will be able to
view and hear it through the CITV website media player. LDN will
provide a link to that address.
Channel 20, the Pantagraph,
Lincoln Daily News and The Courier also covered the event.