With no-show from opponent at Walker commissioner debate, Shannon Whitfield holds stage alone

Shannon Whitfield
photo Bebe Heiskell

Two candidates are seeking the Walker County Republican Party's nomination, and the opportunity to unseat 15-year incumbent Bebe Heiskell, in a bid for the county's sole commissioner position.

A no-show from Mike Peardon left his opponent, Shannon Whitfield, unopposed onstage to explain his positions to the audience of 40 to 50 people. Peardon later said he never agreed to attend any debate.

The occasion was a pair of debates hosted by the Walker County GOP set up for the commissioner race as well as the Senate District 53 contest between incumbent Jeff Mullis, R-Chickamauga, and his challenger, Lanny Thomas.

Peardon, a military veteran and small business owner, could not be reached Saturday night to explain his absence, but Whitfield said he was disappointed his opponent decided to not appear.

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