Congresswoman Melissa Bean has agreed to come out of her Bean Bunker on October 20th.
She will actually appear on the same stage as her opponents Republican Joe Walsh and Green Party candidate Bill Scheurer.
It won’t be in McHenry County though.
We are not important enough to merit a public appearance with
The last time that happened was before Labor Day in 2006 when she ran against Republican Dave McSweeney and Bill Scheurer.
Over four years ago.
That was a debate she lost.
This year’s only debate will be at the inconveniently located (at least for McHenry County) Grayslake Central High School, 400 N. Lake St., Grayslake.
Half an hour from McHenry, assuming you don’t get lost and the traffic is light, which it won’t be.
It starts at 6:30.
The Lake County League of Women Voters will screen questions, a most frustrating format the League is known for.
Besides 8th Congressional District candidates, those from the 62nd State Rep. contest will be featured. They are Republican incumbent Sandy Cole and Democrat challenger Rich Voltair.
So, mark your calendars and plan to arrive early so you can get a seat.
And, if you plan to attend and have a camera, please take some photos for me. I’ll be at a McHenry Marlins swim practice when I would otherwise be driving east along crowded Route 120. If some folks will send me some notes of what the candidates say, that would be helpful, too.
It occurs to me that all the Chicago TV stations will cover this event, so undoubtedly partisans of each candidate will have people holding signs outside that will be seen on television later that night.
= = = = =
State Rep. Sandy Cole emails that “the debate also includes the 31st Senate district candidates… Senator Michael Bond & County Board Chairwoman Suzi Schmidt.”