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Wake Forest debate program, WFDD sponsor political debate series

October 17, 2006

Wake Forest University’s debate program and radio station WFDD (88.5 FM) will sponsor a political debate series approximately two weeks before the November 2006 elections.

The Wake Forest Open Candidate Debate Series will be recorded without a live audience at the WFDD studios at Wake Forest.  Six candidates running for three offices have been invited to participate, including Forsyth County Board of Commissioners candidates David Plyler and Ted Kaplan; North Carolina 5th Congressional District candidates Roger Sharpe and Virginia Foxx; and Guilford County sheriff candidates B.J. Barnes and Berkley Blanks. 

“The goal is to facilitate a non-partisan environment that features civic discourse on the issues that matter the most,” said Allan Louden, director of debate and associate professor of communication at Wake Forest.

Each discussion will last 30 minutes and will be moderated by a WFDD staff member.  The moderator will ask all questions and raise topics, which will be formulated by the moderator or selected from WFDD listener suggestions submitted by e-mail.  To keep the program brief, the moderator will introduce each candidate rather than allow for opening and closing statements. 

Plyler, Kaplan, Sharpe and Blanks have agreed to participate.  As of Oct. 17,Foxx and Barnes had not announced a decision.  If neither Foxx nor Barnes participates, Sharpe and Blanks will be interviewed in place of the scheduled debates.  The debates are scheduled to be broadcast on WFDD at 6 p.m. Oct. 31, Nov. 1 and 2.

The debate program and WFDD have collaborated in the past to produce and host the 1994 debate involving candidates for North Carolina’s 5th Congressional District.

Press Contacts:

Maggie Barrett
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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