District 21 state Sen. Douglas Henry declined invitations to debate attorney Jeff Yarbro in August’s Democratic primary, but he’s set to appear in a candidates’ forum with his Republican opponent in the upcoming general election.
On Sept. 30, candidates from three local races will take part in an “election forum” at the Christ Lutheran Church gymnasium, according to an email sent on behalf of District 30 Metro Councilman Jim Hodge. At-large Councilman Charlie Tygard is moderating the event, which begins at 6:30 p.m.
One of those candidates is Henry, who is taking on Republican anesthesiologist Steve Dickinson in the Nov. 2 election.
A candidate forum isn’t unusual, but Henry opted against debating Yarbro during the lead-up to the primary. “I think we’d better let him run his campaign and let me run mine,” Henry told The City Paper at the time.
In the end, Henry prevailed by 15 votes.
Debates aren’t necessarily standard in party primaries, but they are typical in general elections.
When asked about the upcoming event, Terry Quillen, deputy campaign manager for the Henry campaign, pointed out the Haywood Lane event is a forum, not a debate.
Other candidates scheduled to appear are U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper and his Republican challenger, David Hall, as well as District 59 state Rep. Sherry Jones and her challenger, District 28 Councilman Duane Dominy.