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Shrunken Field of Covington Commission Candidates to Debate Monday

The candidates for Covington City Commission will square off in the first debate of the fall campaign season Monday evening at Ninth Street Baptist Church. Not all of the candidates will be there, however. According to event organizer Rev. Richard Fowler, whose church has hosted similar debates for years, candidate Roger Hamilton will not be in attendance and candidate Neil Gilreath has not returned a phone call asking if he will attend. With the announcement last week that candidate Ed Faulkner is to drop out of the race, the field may be shrinking in both names on the ballot and in candidates actually campaigning for the job. At Monday's event, which begins with a reception and meet-n-greet at 5:30PM at the church, expect to hear from incumbent City Commissioner Steve Frank, former City Commissioner Mildred Rains, and first-time candidates Chuck Eilerman, Greg Paeth, and Michelle Williams. Recently retired firefighter Alan "Chip" Terry has launched a write-in campaign will also participate at the debate. 
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Candidates will be asked questions from the panelist (The River City News publisher Michael Monks will serve as sole panelist for this event while Rev. Fowler will serve as moderator), questions from the audience/public asked through the panelist, and then each candidate will be permitted to ask one other candidate a direct question. The debate will be recorded by the Telecommunications Board of Northern Kentucky for later playback on government access channels. 
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If you have a question for the candidates, email [email protected] and it could be asked at tonight's debate.
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