Bedford County Republican Women will sponsor a debate among the candidates for the empty seat in the 62nd District state House of Representatives race tonight at 6 in the Shelbyville Central High School auditorium.
All four Republican candidates and the lone independent candidate are scheduled to attend; the lone Democratic candidate declined, citing a schedule conflict.
The empty seat was last held by Curt Cobb, who stepped down in late June to accept the position of Bedford County Clerk and Master, the court clerk for Chancery Court.
The only candidate in the Democratic primary is Cobb's brother, Ty Cobb of Shelbyville. The GOP challengers are Joseph Byrd of Unionville, Pat Marsh of Shelbyville, Bobby Scott of Shelbyville and Casey Walters of Fayetteville.
Chris Brown of Shelbyville has qualified for the general election as an independent.
The debate will be moderated by Dr. Carl Bailey.
The debate is scheduled to last an hour, followed by 30 minutes for the candidates to mingle and meet the voters.
The event will be broadcast on WLIJ-AM, and they will also provide a live feed for Fayetteville listeners. The debate will be shown twice on Charter's cable access channel 6 and could be shown elsewhere in the state.
Early voting for the party primaries will continue through Saturday at the county election office, which is located in the basement of the county courthouse. Weekday hours are 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., and Saturday hours are 9 a.m. until noon.