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Herald set to sponsor Republican House forum Friday at OTC
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    The Statesboro Herald, in cooperation with Ogeechee Technical College, is sponsoring its third debate of the primary season as the Republican candidates for U.S. House District 12 discuss the issues at OTC’s Joseph E. Kennedy Building auditorium Friday, July 11 at 7 p.m.
    The debate will pit Republican challengers Ben Crystal, Ray McKinney and John Stone against each other as they try to win the district’s Republican primary and get the opportunity to face off against the Democratic nominee — either two-term Congressman John Barrow or his challenger, State Senator Regina Thomas.
    The debate will be moderated by Statesboro Herald Assistant Editor Eddie Ledbetter and will feature a standard question-response format. In addition, members of the audience will be encouraged and invited to submit questions for the candidates before the debate begins.
    OTC President Dawn Cartee said she is pleased to offer a venue for the debates.
    “That’s our purpose. We try and serve the needs of the area — whether it’s assisting with facilities or providing educational programs,” said Cartee. “I’m glad we can be of service to the community.”
    “We’re pleased to sponsor the forum along with Ogeechee Tech,” said Randy Morton, publisher of the Statesboro Herald. “We hope people come out to learn more about the candidates and help them make a more informed decision when they vote.”
    In addition to offering the live event at OTC, the Statesboro Herald will also live stream the debate on its Web site giving residents who are unable to attend the chance to view the event on the Internet. The Herald will also record the evening’s discussion and post it on the site for future viewing. Go to Friday evening just before 7 p.m. and look for the “Breaking News Alert.”
    Phil Boyum may be reached at (912) 489-9454.
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