Missouri State University will host candidates for the 7th Congressional district seat for a debate sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement and the Holt Spicer Debate Forum at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Plaster Student Union Theater.
“The debate will allow the public to learn about the issues and the character of the candidates,” said Dr. Elizabeth Dudash-Buskirk, an associate professor of communication at Missouri State. “The discussion that occurs can help them make informed decisions as well as encourage them to vote.”
Libertarian candidate Benjamin Brixey and Democratic candidate Genevieve Williams have both confirmed their attendance; Billy Long, the Republican candidate, has also been invited. The debate will last 60 minutes if two candidates attend, or 90 minutes if all three attend.
The debate will be moderated by Dudash-Buskirk and Dr. Eric Morris, also an associate professor of communication at Missouri State. No interaction between the candidates and the audience will occur during the debate.
Each candidate will be allowed to make an opening statement, followed by questions from the moderator on potential topics such as the candidates’ qualifications, the second amendment, race relations and higher education. Each candidate will respond to each question, and follow-ups will occur at the moderator’s discretion.
The event is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information, contact Dudash-Buskirk at 417-836-3005.