Sanford and Keown Face Off in Albany

By: Iram Ali Email
By: Iram Ali Email

U.S. Representative Sanford Bishop and his challenger Republican Mike Keown faced off on stage at the Albany Municipal Auditorium Thursday night.

Hundreds of people were in attendance for this last debate before the election.

"I think the debate went well. A lot of energy. Support on both sides, covered issues, it's all about getting the people out," Ted Sadler, a Sylvester resident, said.

"The first thing to do is balance budget. We need a balance budget amendment . We need to reduce discretionary spending across the board by 25%. We need to review all programs periodically to make sure they are justified in their existence," U.S. Rep Sanford Bishop said.

"I'm in this because this it's more of a cause than just a decision I decided to make. I'm going to leave the results up to the Lord and I'm absolutely fine either way it goes. We're excited about it because we think were going to win," Republican challenger Mike Keown said.

Both leaders have faced speed bumps on the campaign trail. Reports say Representative Bishop was awarded scholarships from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation to family members.

And questions were raised about the length of Keown's term as mayor of Coolidge, Georgia.

As the debate ended, the candidates went back to their respective corners...and now it's the voters choice to either keep Bishop in his seat, or bring in someone new.

Early voting ends in Georgia on Friday. Voters have between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to cast their ballot and avoid lines during Election Day next Tuesday.

The debate is available online at WSWG.

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