IUSB to Host South Bend City Clerk Debate on April 7th


Indiana University South Bend will be hosting a primary election debate between the Democratic candidates for South Bend city clerk next week.

The candidates that will be on the May 5th ballot are at-large city councilman Derek Dieter and chief deputy city clerk Kareemah Fowler. Both will be at the debate.

Organizers say that the hour-long event will allow for opening and closing statements from the candidates, and questions from moderator Jamie Smith, the Interim Director of the IU South Bend American Democracy Project and an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at IUSB.

Attendees will have the chance to submit questions for the candidates during the event.

The debate will take place in Wiekamp Hall Room 1001 on Tuesday, April 7 from 6:30 pm until 7:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available throughout the campus in any of the lots.

Anyone attending is asked to not bring campaign-related t-shirts, hats, buttons or any other campaign paraphernalia supporting a candidate or party.

The debate will also be livestreamed online at http://indiana.edu/~video/stream/liveflash.html?filename=South_Bend_City_Clerk_Forum.

The event is being sponsored by the American Democracy Project, the Political Science Club of IU South Bend, and the League of Women Voters of the South Bend Area.

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  • Elizabeth Bennion says:

    Thanks for posting! Folks should also plan to attend the South Bend Common Council forums at IUSB, sponsored by the same organizations. At large candidates will appear Tuesday, April 14 (6:30 – 8:00 p.m.) and district candidates will appear Wednesday, April 22 (6:30 – 8:00 p.m.). Elizabeth Bennion will moderate.

    • Elizabeth Bennion says:

      IN ADDITION, people should mark their calendars for the MAYORAL CANDIDATE DEBATE on Thursday, April 23 (6:00 – 7:30 p.m.). The clerk debate and council forums will be in Wiekamp Hall (room 1001). The mayoral debate will be in the Education & Arts Building (room 1011). People are invited to submit questions for the candidates and to talk informally with the candidates while enjoying punch and cookies following the formal portion of each event.