Dold, Schneider Contest Goes Live Sunday
League of Women Voters’ forum is only face to face meeting between Schneider and Dold in 10th District. General Assembly and Lake County Board candidates debate too.
Voters who want to get a close personal look at Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) and his Democratic opponent, Brad Schneider of Deerfield, debating will get their only chance at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the Lake Forest High School east campus auditorium.
The forum, co sponsored by the League of Women Voters (LWV) of Lake Forest/Lake Bluff, the LWV of Highland Park/Highwood and the LWV of Deerfield in coordination with Patch and the Union League Club of Chicago will also feature candidates for the Illinois General Assembly and the Lake County Board.
Schneider and Dold will take the stage at 1:40 p.m. after opening remarks from Deerfield Patch Editor Steve Sadin and Robert Kreisman, public affairs committee chairman for the Union League Club of Chicago.
Dold and Schneider will square off three times on television but only once before a live audience within the boundaries of the 10th Congressional District. They will meet before the cameras at 10:30 a.m. Sunday on Channel 7, at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 21 on Fox and at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23 on WTTW.
In three separate debates Sunday, one for each level of government, candidates will make opening and closing statements as well as answer questions from the audience. League members will collect the questions on index cards which will be asked by a moderator appointed by the LWV.
“It is very important that voters have the opportunity to hear questions answered directly from the candidates,” Jane Partridge, co-president of the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff group, said. “We provide these debates as a public service for the community. We do not pursue our own agenda for these debates.”
With television commercials touting Schneider and Dold containing messages crafted by the campaigns and outside groups already on the local airwaves, Partridge thinks giving voters an opportunity for an unfiltered forum is important.
“We are seeing outside money pay for untrue ads in our area,” Partridge said. “Voters need to learn the truth so they can make informed decisions.”
Intense campaigning is not limited to the race for the United States House of Representatives. The two people running to replace retiring state Sen. Susan Garrett (D-Lake Forest)—Highland Park pediatrician Arie Friedman and West Deerfield Township Supervisor Julie Morrison—were trading accusations last week.
Candidates for the Illinois General Assembly will debate at 2:50 p.m. Morrison and Friedman will be joined on the stage by the two men hoping to succeed state Rep. Karen May (D-Highland Park), who is also retiring. They are Republican Mark Shaw of Lake Forest and Democrat Scott Drury of Highwood.
At 4 p.m., Lake County Board candidates Steve Mandel of Highland Park, Laura Lambrecht of Highland Park, Dave Barkhausen of Lake Bluff, Sandra Hart of Lake Bluff, Ann Maine of Lincolnshire and Arlene Hickory of Lake Bluff face off.