Western Alachua Conservative Action to host debate for CD3 candidates

Press release from Western Alachua Conservative Action

On Saturday, July 18, from 6-8 p.m., Western Alachua Conservative Action will be hosting a Republican CD3 Forum featuring nine of the ten confirmed candidates vying to replace Congressman Ted Yoho. The event will be located in the Newberry Municipal building, 25438 W Newberry Road, in Newberry. Moderators will be Jennifer Cabrera of the Alachua Chronicle and Tim Marden, Newberry City Commissioner. The event is free, but attendees are asked to pre-register through Eventbrite. A straw poll will be conducted and results announced at the event conclusion.

Streaming and a recording will be available on the Western Alachua Conservative Action Facebook page.

The primaries are 30 days away. Races are heating up. Campaigns are beginning to trickle out television commercials. Residents are reporting as many as three mailers per day. But it’s time to decide. There is no substitute for hearing from candidates live and in-person.

The format will be long and short answers on a rotating basis, with audience question-and-answer as time permits. The forum is the first of its kind in the area because it is dedicated to a single party.

The western six voting districts of Alachua County are Republican voters, by an average 20%. Five adjacent districts covering greater Jonesville, stretching down to Archer and east to Micanopy, are a purple mix, voting 5% either way in the last two election cycles. Given the dynamics, organizers felt compelled to focus on the candidates the area is most interested in hearing from.

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Candidates are expected to be in the area prior to the event, hosting meet-and-greet sessions at area restaurants or conducting door knocking campaigns and/or sign waving efforts.