WTVI's televised school board debate won't include north suburban District 1, and incumbent Rhonda Lennon isn't happy about that. Fifteen-minute segments on each of the other four contested races will air from about 4-5 p.m. Sunday, after the Charlotte City Council debates.
Lennon says she offered to adjust her schedule to fit with Mast's, but instead the sponsoring League of Women Voters pulled the District 1 segment. "The policy is that if one candidate in a 2 candidate race is unable or unwilling to participate there will be no debate," emailed Amanda Boo Raymond, the league's executive producer. "I appreciate your understanding and best of luck in your campaign."
"I am very disappointed I will not be allowed to participate since my opponent cancelled," Lennon told me. "I would have loved the opportunity to talk about my record and my priorities going forward for CMS."
The league's voter guide has been released, with 15,000 print copies going to libraries and other locations, but there are a lot of gaps from candidates who didn't reply. There's no school board race with all candidates responding, and neither contender for Charlotte mayor replied. I'm not sure what this says about this year's campaign and the way candidates are trying to connect with their voters. But check the right rail on this blog for links to the Observer's voter guide and other sources of more complete information.
And an update on campaign finance: The pre-election reports, which were due Monday, are still trickling in as the mail arrives and the Board of Elections gets them posted. Lennon says her total is more than $4,000. And I just plain messed up on Bolyn McClung in District 6: He reports having $11,337, including $10,800 in loans. We've corrected it online, but the print story is off.