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Rally 2012

General Election Candidate Forum "Rally 2012" Airs on WSRE Thursday & Friday

Participating Candidates and Schedule Announced

Pensacola, Fla. – WSRE, PBS for the Gulf Coast, has confirmed the candidates participating in the General Election edition of “Rally 2012,” a live, television candidate forum featuring races in Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties, as well as the Congressional race for District 1. “Rally 2012” will air on WSRE over two nights — Thursday, October 25 at 7 p.m. and Friday, October 26 at 8 p.m. The program is hosted and moderated by longtime local reporter Drexel Gilbert and Sandra Averhart, WUWF-FM News Director.

The General Election races/candidates in order of appearance:
Thursday, October 25, 2012, 7 p.m.
US Congress District 1 – Jim Bryan (D), Calen Fretts (L), Jeff Miller (R)
Escambia County Sheriff – David Morgan (R), Mindy Lynn Pare (WRI)
Escambia County Property Appraiser – Charles M. Green, IV (R), Chris Jones (D)
Escambia County Tax Collector – Janet Holley (D), Mike Whitehead (R)
Escambia County Superintendent of Schools – Claudia Brown-Curry (D), Malcolm Thomas (R)

Friday, October 26, 2012, 8 p.m.
Okaloosa County Commission District 1 – Wayne Harris (R), Ronald L.F. Connor (D)*
Santa Rosa County Sheriff – Wendell Hall (R), Chris Roper (INT)*
Santa Rosa County School Board District 4 (Non-partisan race) – Charles Elliot, Jennifer Granse
Escambia County Commission District 1 – Wilson Robertson (R), Bobby Spencer (NPA)
Escambia County Commission District 3 – John R. Johnson (NPA), Hugh King (NPA),
Lumon May (D), Tiffany Washington (R)
Escambia County Commission District 5 – Steven Barry (R), Packy Mitchell (NPA)
ECUA District 1 – Elizabeth Susan Campbell (NPA), Vicki H. Campbell (R)

* Not available to participate

“Rally 2012” is co-produced by WSRE and the League of Women Voters of the Pensacola Bay Area and Okaloosa County. The purpose of “Rally 2012” is to give citizens an unbiased look at the candidates vying to represent them and learn where they stand on the important issues that affect them. WSRE, a service of Pensacola State College, provides the program as a public service and encourages all citizens to participate in exercising their constitutional right to vote in the upcoming November 6 General Election.

About WSRE, PBS for the Gulf Coast
WSRE is a PBS member station that is locally owned and licensed to the Pensacola State College Board of Trustees operating as a service of Pensacola State College. The public broadcasting station has been serving the needs of the Gulf Coast community through programming, educational services and outreach since 1967. WSRE produces, acquires and distributes programs that address local interests and reflect the diverse cultural, political, geographic and demographic characteristics of its audience. The Educational Services unit for WSRE serves as the connection to teachers, parents, caregivers and children to extend the rich resources found in public television. For more information about WSRE, its services, programs or available resources, visit


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