Golden, Sparacino to meet in televised forum ahead of state senate election

MEDFORD, Ore — Medford Mayor Randy Sparacino and incumbent Ashland state senator Jeff Golden, are preparing to meet in a televised forum in Medford ahead of the November general election.

Golden’s team shared Monday, that Sparacino, republican candidate, withdrew from a scheduled event at Southern Oregon University next Wednesday.

Golden said they reached out to Sparacino’s team for explanation, including another scheduled forum at the Jackson County Library on October 18th, but said at the time they haven’t heard back.

“What’s useful are those live appearances where voters get to look for themselves, hear for themselves, and take the measure of candidates,” Golden said. “That’s much more useful information than all the ads in the world.”

The two candidates are scheduled to appear in a live forum at NBC5 studios on Monday October 17th. The event will be broadcast during NBC5 news at 6.

“We welcome the opportunity to have an open, fair discussion on policy matters for the voters to be able to make an informed decision this election,” Sparacino said in a release. “Any reports to the contrary are disingenuous. We look forward to our televised forum with Senator Golden on October 17th.”

Anthony Carter is a reporter for NBC5 News. He grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated from Elizabethtown College in 2019. Anthony started his career as a print journalist, covering New York sports and the NBA Draft. He then started his own sports podcast and website covering the Arena Football League. Anthony moved to the Rogue Valley in 2019 as a news producer before joining the NBC5 News family. Anthony likes to workout at the gym, play basketball, and root for his Atlanta Hawks and New York Jets. Want to connect with Anthony? send him an email: [email protected]
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