CEDAR CITY — The two candidates for Iron County Sheriff are set to face-off in a debate at Southern Utah University on Thursday, along with a candidate meet-and-greet.
The event will be hosted by the Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics & Public Service, and will take place inside the Living Room of the Sharwan Smith Student Center.
Iron County’s current sheriff, Mark Gower, was previously running unopposed in the election until Sgt. Dave McIntyre, of the Cedar City Police Department, threw his hat into the race in late August.
Gower had previously defeated McIntyre in April 2014 through the Republican caucus, making him the chosen Republican candidate. After taking the summer to consider it, McIntyre decided to once again enter the race, only this time, as a write-in candidate.
Before the debate begins, both sheriff candidates along with candidates for House Districts 71 and 72 and Senate Districts 28, will be available for a meet-and-greet session with members of the public.
Eric Kirby, executive director of the Michael O. Leavitt Center, said events like this are important for both members of the community and current SUU students to attend.
“Politics … is here to stay so people might as well get to know who the candidates are and who might be representing them in these elected offices,” Kirby said.
While the Leavitt Center has partnered with other organizations for previous debates in 2014, Kirby said the debate for Iron County Sheriff is one hosted solely by the Leavitt Center. This will also be the final event the Leavitt Center will host regarding the upcoming November elections.
The first portion of the candidate meet-and-greet will be from 5:30-6 p.m. followed by the debate between Gower and McIntyre from 6-7 p.m. Thursday.
Following the debate, all candidates will once again be available to meet with any students or members of the community to address any questions or concerns.
Those wanting to learn more about the debate can visit the Leavitt Center website, or learn more about the sheriff candidates’ positions on issues by visiting their Facebook pages.
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