Last night the Editorial Board did something a bit different in its endorsement interview process. We hosted a debate between Winnebago County Board Chairman Scott Christiansen and his challenger, Paul Gorski. An edited video of the debate is available on rrstar.com. Follow this link. Videos are about half way down on the right side of the page.
We have interviewed Christiansen and Gorski a few times over the past year. We thought we could learn more about the candidates if we saw them interact with each other. Members of our Community Viewpoints Board and a member of our Voters Panel also were on hand.
After the debate members of the Editorial Board (Chuck Sweeny, Mary Kaull, Excell Lewis and I) discussed the debate with the community members.
The debate and the reaction from community members will be a part of the endorsement process. The Edit Board will have a full discussion of this race and others later this week.
We’re hosting another debate tomorrow. State’s attorney candidates Chuck Prorok and Joe Bruscato will be here.
We’re trying to set up a few more of these type of forums. Other endorsements will be based on one-on-one interviews, community forums like the one at 6 tonight at Emmanuel Episcopal Church and other information, including news stories about the candidates.