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Second mayoral debate between Connie Moran and John McKay set for Tuesday

By Warren Kulo | Gulflive.com / The Mississippi Press | May 11, 2013

The Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Arts Center in Ocean Springs will be the site of Tuesday night's debate between Mayor Connie Moran and challenger John McKay, the second debate between the two candidates.
OCEAN SPRINGS, Mississippi -- The second mayoral debate between Ocean Springs Mayor Connie Moran and her challenger, Jackson County Supervisor John McKay, will be held Tuesday at the Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Arts Center.

The Mississippi Gulf Coast League of Women Voters is sponsoring the forum, which will also include candidates for the remaining aldermen races.

An aldermen's forum will be held prior to the mayoral debate. Ward II Republican incumbent Matt McDonnell will not be present, but will submit a written statement to be read, while his opponent, Democrat Julia Weaver, along with Ward VI Republican runoff candidates James Hagan and Mike Impey, will be present.

Hagan and Impey will meet in a runoff May 21, while the Ward II and mayor's races will be settled in the general election June 4.

Each of the aldermen candidates present will be given two minutes for an opening statement and one minute for a closing statement and will answer questions in between. Each candidate will be given opportunity to respond to each question.

Once Moran and McKay take the stage, each will be given three minutes for an opening statement, followed by a series of questions to be answered in turn, and then a two minute closing statement.

The entire event is not expected to last more than 90 minutes. Journalist Stan Tiner will moderate the debate.

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Tuesday's event will be the second for Moran and McKay, who met in a debate April 30 at the Ocean Springs Civic Center. That debate was sponsored by the McKay campaign.