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Libraries host City Council candidate debates

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Board of Library Trustees and the League of Women Voters of Jacksonville are hosting debates of the candidates for Jacksonville City Council offices at four area libraries at 7 p.m. Monday.

The four debates are sponsored by The Florida Times-Union, WJCT, the Gamma Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the Theta Phi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Jax Young Voters Coalition and Winn-Dixie.

The debates will be moderated by Melissa Ross and Karen Feagins of WJCT, Frank Denton of The Florida Times-Union, and Ken Amaro of First Coast News. League members will serve as timekeepers and parliamentarians.

Questions and topics were submitted by the community via email in March. The League will select the final questions to be asked by moderators; candidates will not receive the questions in advance but will be told the topic areas, which include: the Human Rights Ordinance; blight; library funding; economic development; the economy; crime; pension reform and public transportation.

The audience will not be able to pose questions during the events; however, attendees will have the chance to meet the candidates at an informal reception sponsored by Winn-Dixie at 6:30 p.m. at each debate location.

Locations:

Candidates for Districts 7 and 8
Olga Bradham and Etta Brooks Branch Library, 1755 Edgewood Ave. West at Oriole Street (enter on east side of building)
Moderator: Ken Amaro, WTLV

Candidates for Districts 1 and 2
Regency Square Branch Library, 9900 Regency Square Blvd.
Moderator: Karen Feagins, WJCT

Candidates for At-Large Group 3 and District 4
Southeast Regional Library, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd.
Moderator: Melissa Ross, WJCT

Candidates for At-Large Groups 1 and 5
Main Library, 303 Laura Street N. (enter on Main Street) Hicks Auditorium Conference Center
Moderator: Frank Denton, The Florida Times-Union