Kudos to these kids and the program that is teaching young students the importance of community involvement and civic responsibility. Sure, they sometimes stumbled over words, but even practiced speakers sometimes have that problem. It was really great to see kids so involved in the process.
As for the content of the debate, the format left me a little frustrated. There was no rebuttal period, so candidates could make outrageous statements without being challenged.
The dynamics of the room were interesting. I didn’t get a complete count, but there were probably as many people there to present the pros and cons of ballot initiatives as there were to listen to candidates and a discussion of the issues. Side conversations were also interesting. I won’t repeat what some people whispered in my ear, but those private conversations gave me much hope that we can win this race.
The last debate will be on Friday, October 22 at Mesa State College. It is fitting that we turn over the questioning for the two final debates to the kids of Mesa County. They are the future, and that is what we are talking about.
Seating is limited for the Mesa State College event. Our campaign will receive 30 tickets, so if you are interested in attending, please let us know right away.
Sentinel Report on Konola/King Debate
MSC Young Democrats website