Candidates for two state House seats, along with candidates for Drew County Circuit Clerk and Monticello mayoral candidates will square off on October 30 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., during the only scheduled local debate prior to the November 4 general election.

The debate will be held at the Holmes Chapel Presbyterian Church, located at 527 East McCloy in Monticello.

State Rep. Fredrick Love, a Little Rock Democrat, will both moderate the debate and question the candidates during the two-hour forum sponsored by Concerned Citizens of Monticello, a community-based group in Monticello.

In addition to his own questions, Love will take pre-screened questions from the audience.

“The majority of the forum will be candidates responding to key questions, which will be asked by the moderator and audience,” Concerned Citizens of Monticello member Brittany Bank said in an e-mail response to questions about the format. “Questions will be taken from the audience, which the moderator will pre-screen, and pose to the candidates. Each candidate will be allotted one minute for a response and the moderator will have discretion to allow 30 seconds for follow-up or clarification of a point.”

Candidates will be allowed a two-minute opening statement and a one-minute closing statement.

Candidates for State Representative, District 9
Sheilla Lampkin (D-Monticello)
Sonya Ryburn (R-Monticello)

Candidates for State Representative, District 10
Mike Holcomb (D-Pine Bluff)
Particia Mays (R-Monticello)

Candidates for Drew County Circuit Clerk
Beverly Burks, Democrat
Courtney Hale, Republican

Candidates for Mayor of Monticello
Joe Rogers, Independent
Sonny Thornhill, Independent
Zack Tucker, Democrat