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Congressional candidates invited to debate in Evans

Posted: May 10, 2012 - 4:57pm  |  Updated: May 11, 2012 - 6:10pm

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The four Republican candidates in the District 12 U.S. congressional race are being invited to a debate in Columbia County a month before their primary.

The debate, announced Thursday, is being sponsored by the Greater Columbia County Republican Women and the Columbia County Republican Party. It will be held at 10 a.m. June 30 at the library in Evans.

The moderator for the event will be Phil Kent, an Atlanta political consultant and former editorial page editor of The Augusta Chronicle.

Announced Republican candidates for the redrawn seat, which includes most of Columbia County, include commercial builder Rick Allen of Augusta, state Rep. Lee Anderson of Appling, and attorneys Maria Sheffield, of Dublin, Ga., and Wright McLeod, of Augusta.

The email announcement did not indicate whether the candidates had confirmed their participation, and inquiry did not receive immediate clarification.

The primary will be held July 31, and the eventual winner will face incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. John Barrow, who recently moved to Augusta from Savannah, in the Nov. 6 general election.

Organizers of the debate are asking constituents to email questions or issues to 12thdistrictdebate@gmail.com before June 15.

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Wright's last name is spelled McLeod.



I am honored to be invited and I will attend.

For Georgia,

Maria Sheffield

Barry Paschal

Spelling corrected

Spelling corrected on McLeod.


Thank you!

Much appreciated!


Campaign Signs Outside Library

I suggest the candidates try not to outdo each other putting campaign signs outside the library. I remember when Broun's people put one on every square inch of available ground and the environment was affected for years after the clean-up. (That's a joke, folks.) Also I recommend all candidates wear coats and ties, use the podium provided and play the debate game out of respect to those who are putting on the event and the audience. No dressing casually and slouching back on the stool to address the audience in a down home way.


Obama a Socialist Says Wright

I see where Wright McLeod called Obama a socialist (just for Barry) last week down in Springfield. That ought to cut into some of the Lee Anderson vote.