Brooks, Schriver to debate in event Monday

Posted 6/15/18

The Bradley County Republican Party will host a mayoral debate between State Rep. Kevin Brooks and former educator Duane Schriver at the Bradley Central High School Fine Arts Center.The debate will …

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Brooks, Schriver to debate in event Monday


The Bradley County Republican Party will host a mayoral debate between State Rep. Kevin Brooks and former educator Duane Schriver at the Bradley Central High School Fine Arts Center.

The debate will be at 6 p.m. Monday.

According to debate guidelines, the winner of a coin toss will be introduced first, will make the opening statement, receive the first question and will make the first closing statement. The loser of the coin toss will be given the last question of the debate and will make the last closing statement.

Each candidate will be furnished a podium and sitting stool. The candidates will be asked to remain seated while another candidate is speaking. They may walk on the stage while answering and addressing the audience; however, they must remain within four feet of their podium. 

Additionally, according to debate rules, each candidate will have two minutes to respond to a question. In addition, the moderator can choose to allow one-minute rebuttals. Candidates may ask the moderator for a rebuttal, but each candidate will only receive a maximum of two rebuttals during the debate due to time constraints. There will be a timer that will signal a 10-minute warning, informing the candidate to move on to another question.

Candidates may receive direct questions directed at one candidate, to which they will have two minutes to respond, according to debate rules. The other candidate may not respond to the answer unless the other candidate has mentioned their name or makes a reference to them during their answer. If the other candidate does choose to offer a rebuttal, it will count toward the two-minute rebuttal limit. In addition, each candidate will be asked the same number of questions, the rules document states.

Candidates are allowed to ask each other one question, which will be submitted to the moderator after the coin toss. The rule document states the question should not be a personal attack or demean the other candidate. The candidates are asked to prepare two questions in case a similar question is asked by a member of the audience, the rule document states.

Audience members will be asked to refrain from applause, cheering or any other noise making during the debate, according to debate rules. Security will remove anyone from the debate hall who is disruptive

Brooks has served for 12 years in the Tennessee House of Representatives, representing District 24. In January, he announced his intent to not seek re-election in order to run for mayor. Although the 110th Tennessee General Assembly’s session ended in April, Brooks will continue to serve as representative until a successor has been elected and sworn into office. 

Schriver is a retired educator who spent 42 years as a teacher, high school sports coach, assistant school principal, principal and administrator. He also volunteered in education for the six years following his retirement. In addition, Schriver served as president of the Cleveland Lions Club and director of the Bradley County-Cleveland Public Education Foundation.

Bradley County Republican Party chairman Richard Burnette said the debate is a chance for residents to hear plans the candidates have for the city.

“The Bradley County GOP wants the citizens of Cleveland and Bradley County to hear their views and what their vision is for the city 10 to 20 years down the road,” Burnette said. “We have a strong economy here, and we want to hear their plans for infrastructure as the economy continues to grow.”

As the Aug. 2 elections inch closer, Brooks and Schriver will meet again in a third debate on Friday, June 29, when they gather in the broadcast studio of WCLE Mix 104.1 at 8 a.m. for a live, drive-time debate. Moderator will be Steve Hartline, radio station owner and morning talk-show host. 

Both candidates have confirmed they will attend the radio station debate.


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