By Lisa Ellison
Dennis Mitchell is seeking a series of formal debates with Calvin Mercer, his challenger for the at-large seat on city council in the November election.
In a “press release” posted today on his Facebook page, Mitchell said, “My opponent has already shown he has the intention of making this race about everything but the issues and the voters deserve better, so I am calling him out.” Mitchell’s statement listed groups he believes might consider hosting the events. The “opportunities for rebuttals” will, he said, “underscore the importance of the election.”
“The unique thing about my race for reelection,” said Mitchell’s statement, “is that my opponent and I both have records and I am more than willing to put my record of service and leadership throughout my first term against his record of seat warming over the last six years.”
Contacted by The Guardian about whether he would consider Mitchell’s offer, Mercer said, “I’m up for whatever can be worked out.”
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