I am not interested in an old fashion debate. I assume, due to our supposedly being a "town", that it would be a heck of a lot easier and informative to simply bring everyone in to one place. Each candidate has a table, a couple of chairs, and can hand out his/her campaign materials while discussing the issues through questions asked directly by the constituents at their table. The constituents get answers directly from the candidates. Give it a couple of hours to allow people to wonder through the candidates. Anyone that gets unruly, gets shown the door.
Think about it. The candidates get to answer as to the questions the constituents feel to be important. The voters get informed and can say why on forums such as ours. If a candidate believes he was misunderstood, he then can come onto the forum and address what he meant. If so, there's no flip flopping on the issues such as occured last election that has resulted in a lot of head scratching.
If the LoWV can pull something like that off, then awesome. If not, then a couple of Republicans and a couple of Democrats from some highly intelligent source of information (i.e. that would be us folks on chatter...well, hopefully, some of us ) should put it together. All candidates should be invited so that it could be in one place that would, hopefully, donate their facility for the evening. Then, just open the doors and let the people come and get informed.
As I've said before, I cannot imagine a candidate not wanting to participate. I wouldn't want any other person speaking "on behalf of" a candidate. I want credibility. If the candidate himself, cannot show, then he has no table and there should be a board near the entrance saying who refused to attend. I would not be interested in why a person could not attend...unless it was truly life or death to himself or a family member. Not appearing would go a long way in determining my vote and who I would recommend to others.
Just my two cents...