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Tonight and Tomorrow: Smith vs. Barrow on GPAT

Last Saturday’s debate between district 1 city council incumbent Kandie Smith and challenger Patrice Barrow will be broadcast in its entirety several times this weekend on GPAT-TV 23.GPAT logo

The session, the first in a series of debates among candidates for city council, runs just over an hour. It airs Friday at 7 and 11 p.m., and again Saturday morning at 7:10.

Questioners Keith Cooper of the Benevolence Corps converses with former city councilor and Guardian election correspondent Dennis Mitchell prior to last week's debate (photo: Jake Postma)

Questioners Keith Cooper of the Benevolence Corps and former city councilor and Guardian election correspondent Dennis Mitchell converse, prior to last week’s debate (photo: Jake Postma)

Smith and Barrow had a wide-ranging discussion, the points of which contributing writer Anthony Noel’s live blog barely scratched the surface.

Tune in before heading to City Hall on Saturday, when Guardian Editor Lisa Ellison again moderates debates between candidates for three more council seats.

At 10:30 a.m., district 4 challenger Terry Boardman faces incumbent Rick Smiley. After a break so everyone can grab a quick lunch, at-large candidates Erik Anderson (challenger) and Calvin Mercer (incumbent) square off at 1:30 p.m., and the day concludes with the mayoral debate at 3 p.m. Ernest Reeves and Donna Whitley, both of whom are challenging the incumbent, Allen Thomas, will participate (Thomas declined).

The support of readers enables our staging of these debates, which are co-sponsored by the Guardian and the Minority Voice newspaper. (Please consider donating now to help defray the costs.)

We also thank Jake Postma at GPAT and videographer Akela Thigpen of Vision on Film for making possible the airing of the debates throughout the fall campaign.

If you can’t make it to City Hall Saturday, you can watch the debates live, as they happen, right here at greenvilleguardian.org. Thanks to Akela’s expertise and generous discount on her services, we’ll be live-streaming each session. (They’ll also be posted on YouTube roughly a week after they occur. Look for links here at the site starting next week.)

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