Two more mayoral debates scheduled

Candidates vying for the Memphis mayor’s seat will have at least two more opportunities to debate on live television.

WREG-TV Channel 3, in partnership with The Commercial Appeal and MPACT Memphis, will host a debate on Sept. 26 from 7 to 9 p.m., the day after the start of early voting.

A second debate will be hosted Oct. 14, the day before the special election to replace former Mayor Willie Herenton. Details are still being worked out.

Last week, the candidates faced off in this election’s first televised debate. But the event was not without some controversy after Robert “Prince Mongo” Hodges hired lawyer Leslie Ballin to compel WMC-TV executives to allow him to appear and Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton expressed misgivings about sharing a stage with so many other contenders. In the end, both candidates, and seven others, participated.

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