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MSMS gears up to host Republican debate

 

Dispatch Staff Report

 

Participating students at the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science will get a unique lesson in politics Tuesday when all three Republican candidates for Mississippi''s First Congressional seat debate in Columbus. 

 

Alan Nunnelee, Henry Ross and Angela McGlowan have all agreed to discuss issues facing the First District, state and country from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Rent Auditorium on the Mississippi University for Women campus. Admission is open to the public. 

 

The debate was conceived and arranged by the Young Republicans club at MSMS. Two student members approached Nunnelee, a state senator, when he was in Columbus in January on a three-city tour to announce his candidacy, said Bobby Jarrell, a math teacher at MSMS and sponsor for the Young Republicans. 

 

"They mentioned to him they''d like to host a debate," said Jarrell. 

 

Nunnelee responded favorably, so Jarrell hit the phones contacting Ross'' and McGlowan''s camps to arrange the debate. The only snag was finding a date when all three candidates were free. Due to their campaign and work schedules, the three have yet to meet in a head-to-head debate. McGlowan and Ross squared off April 20 in De Soto County while Nunnelee was in session in Jackson. 

 

"They were excited. Both campaigns stated this was probably the best forum," Jarrell said. 

 

The Young Republicans will craft seven issue-based questions for the candidates, but a drop-box and note cards will be in the foyer prior to the debate for audience members to submit questions. Jarrell and the Young Republicans will review the questions shortly before the debate and will decide which, if any, audience questions to ask. The candidates will also be given an opportunity for introductory and concluding statements. 

 

MSMS senior and Young Republican President Marissa Martini will moderate the debate. 

 

The Republican candidates will attempt to unseat current First District Congressman Travis Childers. The primary election will be held June 1. The congressional election is scheduled for Nov. 2.

 

 

 

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