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Easley School Board Candidates Will Debate Sept. 25

Questions and panelists needed for PCVotes' debate, which will be held at First Wesleyan Church of Easley.

The three candidates vying to represent Easley on the School Board will debate each other later this month.

PCVotes is sponsoring the debate, which will be held 6:30pm Thursday, Sept. 25 at the First Wesleyan Church of Easley.

School board candidates have all committed to attend.

Organizers are currently finalizing the list of community-wide groups who will put forward representatives for the panel that will develop questions for the debate and represent their group during the debate.

The goal is to to provide a wide variety of questions and viewpoints from across the community, according to John Schafer with PCVotes.

Any organization interested in participating in the debate should contact PCVotes at: committee@pcvotes.com or call 855-3327.

The debate's format is designed to eliminate the influence of any single interest or political group, party or candidate in an effort to encourage a broader participation by people from across the county, Schafer said.

If you're not able to attend the debate, don't worry. The debate will be streamed live on the web and archived on youtube for those unable to attend in person.

The debate is the second debate held by PCVotes in an effort to encourage voters to get out and vote on November 6.

Presidential election years tend to bring more voters to the poll, but PCVotes members feel that far too many people are choosing not to participate in the process, feeling disillusioned the political process.

The PCVotes aim at engaging voters and letting them meet face to face with the candidates and hear how the stand on the issues.

A large crowd turned out for the first debate, held between

Groups that submitted questions and served as panelists for the sheriff candidates debate included the School District of Pickens County, ABATE, Conservatives of the Upstate and area Chambers of Commerce.

That debate, and has been viewed by more than 500 people.

A debate between Sen. Larry Martin and challenger Rex Rice is slated for October 23.

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