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W&L Students Will Hold Lexington Mayoral Debate

— by on September 29th, 2016

The Departments of Journalism and Mass Communications and Politics at Washington and Lee University will host a mayoral debate on Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Millhiser Moot Court Room of Lewis Hall, W&L’s Law School. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

The public is invited to attend. The event will not require a ticket but seating is limited.

Students from the State and Local Government Politics class, taught by Kevin Finch, assistant professor of journalism and mass communications at W&L, will ask questions of the two candidates. Other students from the class will serve as timers, ushers, green room hosts and other positions. Finch will serve as moderator.

The two candidates for mayor of Lexington are Frank Friedman and Chuck Smith. One will succeed current mayor Mimi Elrod.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the Lexington and Washington and Lee communities to hear from the people who want to be the city’s next mayor,” said Finch. “And it’s also a great opportunity for our students to participate in the democratic process at the retail level.”

“We had a successful debate last year, when we hosted the two candidates for Lexington and Rockbridge County commonwealth’s attorney, and we anticipate another successful one.”