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Illinois gubernatorial debate this Friday

In a press release sent to Green Party Watch the Free and Equal Elections Foundation announced plans to hold a debate in Illinois’ gubernatorial race this Friday, October 9th. Christina Tobin is Chairman and founder of the organization.

“This debate will be unique in that ALL the candidates are invited to participate, not just the Democrats and Republicans.” said Tobin.”We are excited that voters all across Illinois will have the opportunity to hear the candidates speak in person, or online via web stream.”

The full text of the press release is below the fold.

Immediate Release:
Illinois Gubernatorial Debate for 2010 Candidates to be Held Friday

Event to be Streamed LIVE @ FreeAndEqual.org

The Free & Equal Elections Foundationwill hold a Gubernatorial Debate for 2010 Candidates in Du Quoin, IL this FRIDAY,October 9th, 2009 at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds.

Beginning at 6 PM on Friday, the Gubernatorial Debate will be streamed LIVE on the foundation’s website: www.FreeAndEqual.org.

The debate will be held as part of the Midwest Liberty Fest. Free & Equal Founder and Chair Christina Tobin will serve as the moderator for the debate.

“This debate will be unique in that ALL the candidates are invited to participate, not just the Democrats and Republicans.” said Tobin.”We are excited that voters all across Illinois will have the opportunity to hear the candidates speak in person, or online via web stream.”

The debate will include members of the Democratic and Republican parties as well as the Constitution and Green Parties, and one Independent.

As of Wednesday October 7th, the followingSIX candidates have confirmed:

Adam Andrzejewski
Republican Party Candidate

Dan Proft
Republican Party Candidate

Randall Stufflebeam
Constitution Party Candidate

Bill “Dock” Walls, III
Democratic Party Candidate

Michael White
Independent Candidate

Rich Whitney
Green Party Candidate

ALL 13 candidates who have announced their intentions of running in the race are invited to participate.

Two candidates, Republicans Bill Brady and Frank Edwards, did not reply despite repeated attempts to contact them.

Other candidates expressed interested, but could not accommodate the debate schedule.

“Free & Equal is committed to giving all candidates a forum, regardless of political ideology or partisan affiliation,” said Tobin. “It is imperative that the voters have a chance to hear all the candidates, not just those who may appear in the headlines regularly.”

The Free & Equal Elections Foundation is a non partisan, non-profit 501 (c)4 public policy advocacy organization dedicated to eliminating restrictive ballot access laws that target Independent and Third-Party Candidates.

Free & Equal is committed to reforming restrictive ballot access laws across the nation, so that all candidates have a chance to be heard, regardless of political affiliation.

During the 2008 election, Free & Equal held an independent Presidential Debate in Washington, DC. The Free & Equal debate was the ONLY Presidential debate featuring Independent and Third-Party candidates held during the 2008 election to be broadcast to a national audience. The debate was broadcast Live by C-SPAN.

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The Free & Equal Elections Foundation
407 S. Dearborn Street Suite 1170
Chicago, IL 60605

Contact: Sean Haugh
Phone: (919) 402-3489
Email: Sean@FreeAndEqual.org

The Free & Equal Elections Foundation is a non partisan, non-profit 501 (c)4 public policy advocacy organization dedicated to eliminating restrictive ballot access laws that target Independent and Third-Party Candidates.

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