Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX


April 22, 2013

Candidates face off tonight in debate



WILLIAM IGBOKWE – Admittedly the youngest candidate in they mayoral race, William Igbok-we said he hopes to invol-ve more youth culture in the voting process.

He certainly is going to make use of social media, as well as the upcoming Monday debate  to help springboard his campaign.

Prepare  for an Internet campaign onslaught on Twitter and Facebook, he and his campaign team say.

He's one of the youngest candidates – and is believed to be the only African American – to run for the office.

A big fan of uniting youth culture with government, Igbokwe said he is looking to shake things up in a positive way and close the gap between local government and the community.

Debate Rules



Role: To emcee the evening, to introduce everyone, to explain the reason for the evening and the way that it will work, to ensure fairness and order


Role:  To answer the questions asked of them and to demonstrate that they are the best candidate for Mayor of Jacksonville, Texas.

Time Keeper:  

Role:  To keep time and inform candidates when the time is up and when it is time for the next segment of the debate to begin.


– The moderator will welcome everyone, explain the need for the meeting, explain the format of the meeting (including time limits) and introduce the candidates.

– The candidates will have 3 minutes each to introduce themselves.   

– The opening question will be asked by the moderator to the incumbent mayor. The re-maining candidates will answer in alphabetical order: Melvin, Gowin and Igbokwe. Each candidate will have two minutes to answer the question. After all candidates have answered, there will be opportunity for a 30 second clarification of statements.

– Debate questions will be formulated by the staff of the Jacksonville Daily Progress.

Questions will be solicited from the community in advance and vetted by the staff before being presented at the debate.

The formal part of the debate will last approximately one hour.

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