As the special Election Day to choose who will be Hamburg’s next mayor will be, a mayoral candidate debate has been organized for next week.

The election will be June 8.

The debate is scheduled for 6 p.m. May 25 at the Mount Zion Family Life Center at 404 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Hamburg.

An event spokesperson said that candidates will be asked to answer questions, inform the public about issues, provide those in attendance with what they see are city concerns and tell attendees about their planned future work endeavors.

Following the debate, the candidates will participate in a meet-and-greet session with the public.

The spokesperson said that social distancing and masks are strongly encouraged for the event.

The two candidates in the race are Keith Long and David Streeter.

The election is to finish the term vacated by former mayor Dane Weindorf’s death earlier this year. City Clerk Peggy Akers has been serving as the acting mayor, but following the certification of the June vote, whoever is elected will be sworn in and will serve through Dec. 31, 2022.

Long’s professional background is in the manufacturing industry. He worked for both Georgia Pacific and Alrez before beginning his current role as an advanced manufacturing instructor at The University of Arkansas-Monticello’s College of Technology-Crossest (UAM-CTC) .

Streeter has spent the majority of his professional career in education, with10 years spent at Hamburg High School as a teacher and 16 additional years in educational leadership positions. He is currently the Director of Student Services and Affairs at UAM-CTC.

A third candidate, Glen Lawson, had qualified to run but withdrew from the race.

Election Day voting will be from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and in the event of a run-off, the run-off election will use the same voting hours on June 29.

Early voting for the special election will be June 1 to 4 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., and will continue during the same hours on June 7.

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