Congressional candidate Erika Harold’s got the right idea

Extra!I agree with the News-Gazette:

Why not cut through the fog of phony campaign commercials by holding regular debates among the candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives from the 13th Congressional District?

With the election filing period coming up in December and the March 2014 primary election on the horizon, it’s not too soon to get ready for the election season.

So it’s our hope that Republican U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis will follow up on his pledge to consider holding a series of debates with his primary opponent, Erika Harold, by agreeing to do so.

Davis and Harold, a Champaign lawyer, are competing for the GOP nomination for the seat in the U.S. House of Representatives from the 13th Congressional District.

There’s nothing better than a face-off between the candidates to let voters know where the candidates stand on the issues and how they react in the public spotlight.

At the same time, the candidates for the Democratic Party nomination from the 13th District also should make a point of making joint appearances. Former Madison County judge Ann Callis, part-time school bus driver Bill Byrnes of Bloomington, University of Illinois physics Professor George Gollin and local resident David Green should follow suit and hold their own debates.

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