Hamilton County mayoral candidates to participate in first debate

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Candidates for Hamilton County mayor will participate in a debate next month, the first publicly announced for the election cycle.

The debate will be hosted by the Chattanooga-based conservative organization Hamilton Flourishing at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 21 at 1222 East Main St., Suite 102, the location of SociallyU, which is providing a studio for the event. Organization President Doug Daugherty will host the debate.

"The plan at this point is to do 60 minutes live, and another 20 minutes each recorded," a news release said.

Hamilton Flourishing aims "to inform, educate and support the citizens of Chattanooga and Hamilton County in their pursuit of a more peaceful and prosperous community," according to its website.

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So far, Republican candidates Matt Hullander, Sabrena Smedley and Weston Wamp have said they will participate, although other candidates who qualify by the Feb.