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Brown schedules forum, wants place at debate

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Constitution Party candidate Chris Brown refuses to be ignored in the 62nd District state house race.

Chris Brown
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Saying he has received no response from the Republican and Democratic candidates in the special election about being included in debates, Brown has announced that he will hold a question and answer forum Monday night from 6 to 7 p.m. at Bedford County Agriculture and Education Center.

Questions will be solicited from the audience, and Brown has invited any other candidates to attend.

Last week, Republican candidate Pat Marsh publicly challenged Democratic candidate Ty Cobb II to town hall debates, and negotiations were said to be underway between the Democratic and Republican House caucus leaders over whether and under what circumstances such a debate might take place.

Marsh's campaign manager, Mike McCrady, said Monday in an e-mail to the Times-Gazette that a debate had still not been agreed upon but that, as far as he was concerned, any debate should include "all the candidates listed on the ballot."

Jack Cooper of Tennessee Democratic Party also confirmed by e-mail that negotiations were still underway between the caucus leaders but did not directly address the question of Brown's participation.

Brown, who is endorsed by the Constitution Party but will appear on the ballot as an independent, issued a press release complaining that Marsh had not included him in his original press release. He also suggested that voters be allowed to ask the questions at any debate.

Brown ran unsuccessfully as a Republican for sheriff in 2006 and in the Republican primary for the house seat in 2008.

The Oct. 13 special election will fill the vacancy caused when Cobb's brother Curt Cobb resigned from the 62nd District seat at the end of June to take a position in the Bedford County court system. Early voting will begin Sept. 23.

Marsh defeated three other Republicans in the party primary last month, while Cobb was unopposed in the Democratic primary. The district includes all of Bedford, part of Lincoln and a small portion of Rutherford counties.

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