Local voters looking to educate themselves on the issues and candidates for this year's elections have two prime opportunities to do so with upcoming debates in the Charleston area.
First, on Wed., May 12 at 7 p.m., the three Democratic gubernatorial candidates, state Sen. Robert Ford, Education Superintendent Jim Rex, and state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, will throw down at CofC's Physicians Memorial Auditorium on George Street.
A limited number of free debate tickets are available at www.scnewdemocrats.org. A reception will follow at the Stern Center. The Charleston County Democratic Party and the S.C. New Democrats will also host an after-party (er, post-debate reception) for candidates, sponsors, and attendees. Tickets for the reception are $50.
Then, candidates for the 1st Congressional District GOP nomination will get on board the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point to debate on Tues., May 18 at 8 p.m.
It will undoubtedly reach a whole new level in terms of patriotic displays and professed love for our great nation. Shots for every time liberty or freedom is mentioned, anyone?
The candidates include Carroll Campbell III, Mt. Pleasant Councilman Ken Glasson, Katherine Jenerette, Larry Kobrovsky, Mark Lutz, Clark Parker, state Rep. Tim Scott, Charleston County Councilman Paul Thurmund, and Stovall Witte.
Curious citizens can attend this debate for $35 and gain admittance to a pre-debate reception for $135. Tickets are available at www.charlestongop.org
Those in attendance at the district debate can look forward to the satisfaction of a winner (sort of), since a post-debate straw poll will be conducted to determine the evening's victor.
Both the gubernatorial primary and the Congressional primary will take place on June 8.