Reminder: Sheriff, mayoral debates tonight

Say this about county mayoral candidates Mark Luttrell and Joe Ford -- they are not flinching from standing side-by-side at debates/forums hosted by various entities. If a voter is unaware of how Luttrell and Ford stand on issues for the Aug. 5 election, it won't be for want of access to the two men. They go at it again tonight at 6 at Advent Presbyterian Church at 1879 North Germantown Parkway in an event sponsored by the Cordova Leadership Council. There are at least two more debates/forums scheduled between the two.

At 6:30 p.m., the League of Women's Voters of Memphis/Shelby County is running a debate between Shelby County Sheriff's candidates Bill Oldham and Randy Wade at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library.

Tuesday night at 7 at the First Baptist Church of Lakeland, all four men will be at a Partnership Lakeland meeting for a forum.

And on Thursday night at 6, New Path is hosting a meeting at the Hooks Central Library called "Who Wants to be a Candidate - Deciding to Run, Running, Serving." According to the Facebook invite:
"This panel will address the issues that candidates and elected officials face including:
- Making the decision to run for office
- Campaigning for office
- Election day results
- Serving after election day"

The panel includes Desi Franklin (City Council candidate), Bill Morrison (City Council), and Dr. Freda Williams (School Board Commissioner)."

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