MOUNT VERNON — In an effort to help educate the public on the upcoming general election, the Mount Vernon News will sponsor debates on Tuesday, Oct. 4, between candidates for the Knox County Commissioner’s race and the 68th District State Representative race.

The state representative race is set between Republican Rick Carfagna, Westerville; Democrat John Russell, Galena; and write-in candidate Douglas Crowl, Sunbury.

Carfagna won the primary election from a field of five candidates; Russell ran unopposed. The two have confirmed their attendance. Crowl has been invited, but has yet to confirm. The candidates will square off beginning at 7 p.m. at the Knox County Memorial Theater.

Candidates for the Knox County Commissioner seat, commencing Jan. 3, 2017, will follow with incumbent Thom Collier, Republican, facing off against Democratic challenger Mary Chapa, at approximately 8 p.m. Both candidates were unopposed in the March primary.

All candidates will be given opportunity to introduce themselves and discuss their motivation for running for elected office, as well as closing statements.

“Everyone is focused on the presidential election, but it is crucial that we understand the importance of choices we make at the local level,” said Kay Culbertson, News publisher. “Who represents us as the 68th District State Representative, and as the Knox County Commissioner, directly affects us in our everyday lives and will determine how our hard-earned tax dollars are spent. These debates are another source of information to help us elect the right candidate for the job.”

The evening, sponsored by the News, is presented in coordination with partners the Knox County Commissioners, and WMVO/WQIO. Local media will be moderating the evening’s questions.

The event will also be broadcast live on WMVO, 1300 AM. Live streaming will also be available on Facebook pages for the News and KnoxPages. The News will also post video of the debates on its website,

The public is encouraged to submit questions to pose to the candidates by email at; by mail at Mount Vernon News, P.O. Box 791, Mount Vernon, OH 43050; by fax at 740-3971321; or call 740-397-5333, ext. 248. Questions should be received by Friday, Sept. 30.


Samantha Scoles: 740-397-5333 or and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews



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