From Staff Reports
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 firstname.lastname@example.org before June 15.