The Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce has announced it will host a Mayoral Debate and Commissioner’s Candidate’s Forum Wednesday, July 30, beginning at 9:30 a.m., in Rehoboth Beach City Hall Commissioners Room. The forum will last approximately an hour-and-a-half based on a full slate of candidates’ participation.
The chamber has invited all declared candidates: incumbent Mayor Sam Cooper, Francis Markert, mayoral candidate Tom McGlone, Kathleen McGuiness, John Meng, Lawrence Myslewski, and incumbent Commissioner Lorraine Zellers. Keith Martin, chairman of the chamber board of directors, will provide introductions and Dennis Forney, publisher of the Cape Gazette, will serve as moderator. Chip Hearn, member of the chamber board, will act as timekeeper, enforcing all rules and procedures.
Date: Wednesday, July 30
The event will begin with a mayoral debate between Cooper and McGlone. Candidates will be presented in alphabetical order. Four questions prepared by the chamber and unknown to the candidates will be asked. Each candidate will be allowed a one minute response to the question and one minute of rebuttal to their opponent.
A full candidates’ forum will follow the mayoral debate. Candidates for the office of commissioner will be presented in alphabetical order. The full forum will continue with seven questions prepared by the chamber and unknown to the candidates. All seven candidates, mayoral and commissioner will draw a question. The candidate drawing the question will have one minute to respond followed by a one minute response from all candidates alphabetically.
The forum will end with a Q&A session taken from the floor and directed to the candidates. The event timeline allows for approximately 10 minutes for questions. Questions taken from the floor may be no longer than one minute in length and non-repetitive. Given the number of candidates and timeline, questions will be directed to only one specific candidate. Candidates will be allowed a one minute response for the question from the floor.
The election will be held Saturday, Aug. 9, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Rehoboth Beach Convention Center.
For additional information contact Kate Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 302-227-2233, Ext. 11.