First District candidate Monte Shadwick released this statement on today’s Salina Republican debate:
I am excited to take part in tonight’s First District Republican candidate debate sponsored by the Saline County Republican Women and the Saline County Republican Party. However, I am disappointed that two of the candidates have chosen to not attend tonight’s debate in my hometown of Salina. In the end, it is the voters who suffer when candidates do not take the opportunity to appear in this type of public forum. While there may have been some initial reservations concerning the planning of this event, they were adequately addressed by event organizers several months ago. This non-issue should not serve as an excuse to make a political publicity stunt out of not attending.
Shadwick is a two-term mayor of Salina.