Southwestern University will re-establish a local tradition this spring by hosting a mayoral forum for candidates George Garver and Doug Smith. The event will take place on Friday, April 18, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Red and Charline McCombs Campus Center ballrooms.

The event is being organized by students in Professor Gilbert St. Clair’s Media and Politics class at Southwestern. Students involved with planning the forum include juniors Eric Franco, Matthew Maschino and Avery Sheppard, and seniors Eamon Briggs and Laura Gabriel.

Audience members will be able to participate in the forum by submitting written questions to a panel of students. Both candidates will have the opportunity to make opening and closing remarks.

The forum will be moderated by Eric McKinney, interim chaplain of Southwestern University.

Garver and Smith are vying to replace Gary Nelon, who has served as mayor of Georgetown since 2002. The election is set for Saturday, May 10. Whoever is elected mayor will serve a three-year term.

For more information on the forum, call 512-863-1662. For directions to the campus center, visit


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