School board incumbent laughs off opponent’s debate challenge - WRBL

School board incumbent laughs off opponent’s debate challenge

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With the Georgia primary runoff just two weeks away, the District 2 Muscogee County school board race is heating up.

Challenger John Thomas called incumbent John Wells to a debate, but Wells laughed off Thomas' request.

In a statement issued to the media on Monday, Thomas said he would meet Wells at any place, any time and any day between now and Election Day.

“Mr. Wells can pick the moderators, and he can pick the venue. As long as I have half the time to make my points, and we have a couple of days to draw a crowd, Mr. Wells can pretty much have everything his way,” said Thomas.

Wells told News 3 that he heard of Thomas’ challenge and will not be participating in any sort of debate with his challenger.

“My opponent has been leading a very negative campaign,” said Wells. “I’m not interested in any mudslinging.”

Wells, who has served on the school board for 28 years, says the debate is a “desperate attempt” by Thomas to continue taking shots at him.

Thomas, an IRS agent, tells News 3 his campaign has simply been “shedding light on the dismal record of a 28-year incumbent” and he had hopes a debate would allow the public to decide who is telling the truth.

Thomas finished first in a four-person race during the May primary. He earned 35% of the votes while Wells received about 27%. The vote went to a runoff since neither earned the majority vote.

Georgia's primary runoff election is July 22nd.

David Hurst

David Hurst, a graduate of the Univ. of Georgia, focuses on how your tax dollars are being spent.

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