Sandy Springs, GA, May 8, 2017 – by Trey Benton – Democratic front-runner Jon Ossoff has reissued a challenge to Republican challenger Karen Handel, to participate in a total of six live debates as both candidates seek to fill the seat Tom Price vacated to become U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services in the Trump Administration.
Ossoff said in a Monday statement, “Part of bringing fresh leadership and accountability to Washington is to openly and publicly debate the issues that matter most to Georgians, and I hope Secretary Handel accepts these debates.”
Also in the statement, Ossoff confirmed his appearance at three debates between his opponent, former Secretary of State Handel, and himself. The three debates Ossoff has confirmed will be hosted by two local television stations, CBS46 and WSB-TV respectively, and the Dunwoody Homeowners Association. All dates have yet to be determined, says the release.
Ossoff originally proposed a six debate series with Handel on April 24th, just days after the April 18th primary.
“Publicly debating the issues that matter the most to Georgians, especially as it concerns growing the local economy, cutting government waste, keeping Americans safe, and bringing accountability to Washington, is paramount to ensuring that our democracy is as transparent and accessible as possible,” said Ossoff.
Whether those debates will come to fruition, appears to lie in the hands of his Republican challenger, who according to the Ossoff campaign, has not confirmed any dates.
Ossoff and Handel emerged as the top two vote getters in the April 18th primary in a crowded field of 18 candidates. But neither was able to pull in 50% plus one vote to claim the seat outright. Ossoff performed better than polling projected by pulling in 48.1% of the total vote in the crowded race under a Nation’s microscope, a race that many are calling a referendum on Republican President Donald Trump.
In the 2016 Presidential Election, Trump only won the “red” 6th District over Democrat Challenger Hillary Clinton, by just 1 percentage point, giving Democrats hope they can “Flip the 6th.”
The runoff election will be held June 20th.