Candidates in local city commission, school board and state representative races will face-off beginning 6 p.m. Thursday night, Oct. 25, at the Henderson County High School Auditorium in a series of debates hosted by the Henderson-Henderson County Chamber of Commerce.
The evening will begin with 5th District School Board candidates Mike Waller and Jennifer Keach, followed by District 11 State Representative candidates Dr. David Watkins and Paul DeSpain. District 7 State Representative incumbent Dr. John Arnold will not attend the debates due to a scheduling conflict, but challenger Tim Klein will be on-hand to make a statement and perhaps take questions. After a short intermission, the last half of the program will be devoted to the race for Henderson City Commission, which has eight candidates - incumbents Mike Farmer, Robbie Mills, Robert Pruitt and Alan Taylor as well as challengers Tom Davis, Daniel Hancock, Jan Hite and Jesse Johnston IV. The first two debates should last around 25 minutes each, while the city commission debate should last around 55 minutes. The program is scheduled to end around 8 p.m.