Southeast Missouri State University to Host Congressional Debate

by News Bureau on Tuesday, Apr. 16, 2013

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 16, 2013 – KFVS12, the Southeast Missourian newspaper, and Southeast Missouri State University announce plans to present a debate May 28 between the candidates vying for Missouri’s Eighth Congressional District seat. The event, to be hosted by the University, will be held in the 200-seat Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at the University’s River Campus.

The 90-minute live broadcast is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. on KFVS12 and will be webcast on the Southeast Missourian’s website at www.semissourian.com . As seating is limited, tickets for the event will be distributed by each candidate’s campaign headquarters. All four candidates for the Eighth District seat will participate in the debate: Doug Enyart (Constitution Party), Steve Hodges (Democrat) and Bill Slantz (Libertarian), and Jason Smith (Republican).

The moderator for the 90-minute debate is scheduled to be Dr. Thomas Harte, professor emeritus of speech communication and theatre at Southeast. Panelists will be Jeff Cunningham, anchor for Heartland News on KFVS12, and Bob Miller, editor of the Southeast Missourian.

According to Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University, Southeast has a history of hosting political debates for state offices, including the 8th Congressional District Debate in 2010.

“We are pleased to once again partner with KFVS12 and the Southeast Missourian to provide information to the people of our region. We believe that active participation through such forums as public debate can educate our students, faculty, staff, and the citizens of the area, and provide a clearer understanding of the issues.”